Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. I Chronicles 16:29
I love attention. Classic youngest child of three, I know how to charm my way through sticky situations and entertain you in the process. Watch me perform. Tell me I’m good enough. Tell me I made the team. Stroke my ego. Annoying? Yes. And audacious enough to ask, “Why does scripture say to always give God all the glory—all the credit, all the honor? Can’t He share the limelight a little? He seems like the ultimate glory hound. It’s not so terrible to want a little credit for all my hard work.
Walking in the mist of an early morning, this topic came up between me and my creator. “God, why do you always have to get all the glory?”
I’m the only one big enough to handle it.
That struck home with terrible, swift truth as I thought of all the people in the public eye – Christian and not — who can’t handle the attention, because it is never enough. And in the desperate quest to assuage the craving for more, they fall.
God gets the glory because in His holiness only He is safe from its addictive side. I need to give God the glory, because it is not safe for me to take credit for what I do. He gifted me, He gets the glory. More easily said than done, but we take glory at our peril.
How has God gifted you? Give of your gifts to the people around you. Let God have the glory because He’s big enough.
Jana Dean is a globe-trotting missionary kid who resides in Kentucky. She supports her writing habit as a corporate communicator and sales trainer. She also teaches youth Sunday school, and performs as keyboardist and vocalist with Aaron Austin and the Bootleg Preachers as well as the women’s trio, Rahab’s Rope.