Glorifying God

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by Sherry Chamblee

Am I trying to please God? Or am I trying to glorify God?

I hadn’t really comprehended this as being different until tonight. Our church life group discussed this question tonight, and it made me think.

There is a difference between trying to please God, and trying to glorify God. Some might think of the difference as being insignificant, but I actually think it’s an important distinction.

God says we should be glorifying Him in all we do. Think about it, when we’re striving to please God, it has that note of desperation. Like we’re trying to do more to make God happier with us, like He’s not quite pleased, and we need to just try that little bit harder.  

But God doesn’t ask us to strive in that direction. God tells us to glorify Him.

So what do we do to glorify God?

Well that has more of an implication of “existing” in the right way, rather than having to frantically work for His favor. We can glorify God just by giving Him the credit for our achievements. Or by asking for His help and acknowledging when He’s the reason we were able to get through a rough spot.

It’s the difference between wondering if God’s going to be happy with me today or not, and wondering if an action we take will be damaging to God’s reputation, or uplifting His reputation in the eyes of others who are watching us live.

It’s a subtle difference, but sometimes those subtleties make all the difference in the world.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

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