From the beginning of time and creation, we as humans have just totally messed things up. Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the tower of Babel… it seems that human nature is to glorify ourselves instead of glorifying the One who deserves our e v e r y t h i n g. And through all the mistakes and mishaps, the Lord has been there to redeem and show that He is ultimately the One who deserves the glory and credit. He shows us every time that He is the one who we should have glorified from the beginning.
As I think back on my own life and examine my life compared to those in history, I see where I have tried to bring glory to myself instead of God. It’s so sad that all along, every step of the way, I could have been pointing to God the entire time, but I can remember particular times in my life that I wanted the glory, praise, and honor instead of thinking to give those beautiful moments to Him.
For the past month or so, I’ve been examining my heart regarding social media. It consumes so much of our society, and while I love it and I truly believe so much good can come from it, I also see how destructive it can be. At the beginning of the year I decided to deactivate my Facebook account because I just didn’t want that distraction in my life. After losing my baby girl, I saw that it seemed pointless and mindless and I didn’t want to fill my time with that…
Fast forward to last week. I was pointed up to the Lord while listening to a sermon on social media. It was so convicting that I was forced to look inward. I realized in my heart I had greed and the desire of praise of man. And as I looked even deeper, I saw someone who wasn’t living their entire life to please God. I have given so much of my life to Him, but I held back that silly social media part. Because I wanted it to glorify me instead of Him. Sure I deleted my Facebook so that I could spend more time honoring and pleasing Him, but I replaced it with the other popular social media outlet, Instagram. I realized that I could get to the end of my life and when I stand in judgment, He could say to me:
Did you bring glory to my name with everything you did?
And do you know what I realized?
Ashamedly, I would have to answer: No, Lord. I didn’t bring glory to you in everything I did.
And that hurt my heart. Because more than anything in the world, I want to point to Him, I want to bring glory to His name. I don’t want a single thing to point to me.
I am sharing this because I was so convicted. Almost every event in the Bible highlights sinners who somehow miss out on their opportunity to bring glory to God. I don’t want to be that person anymore. I want to praise Him in everything because He deserves it all, every time. I’m so thankful for this lesson because it helped me see that my life is so much more than what I was making it.
I will still be posting on Instagram and sharing my life, but it will probably look a little different- a little less of us and a whole lot more of Him.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17