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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ . . .”—1 Peter 4:11 (NLT)
Glory is such a profound thing. It’s such a tempting thing to chase. The dictionary definition of glory is “high renown or honor won by notable achievements.”
As humans, whether we realize it or not, we chase after glory every single day. We seek to be the best, break glass ceilings, tear down barriers, overcome obstacles, and achieve greatness.
To be completely transparent with you, I have this innate need for affirmation. I want to be recognized and known. It’s something that drives me and spurs me to push harder. Why? Because it provides a sense of worth, belonging, and acceptance that helps me overcome insecurities and feelings of rejection that have built up in me since I was a child.
Needing glory is a constant struggle in me and it stems from a fear of failing, of letting God and people down, of not being good enough. I believe for most people who seek glory, the motivation is fear. It’s not because they consider themselves above others, but because they’re afraid they’re not good enough.
Today’s verse helps me in my struggle by showing me that whatever I do, I can do it “with all the strength and energy that God supplies.” I don’t have to rely on my own strength and wisdom; I can lean into Him and He will provide! I don’t have to carry this weight on my shoulders because He will carry me through; His strength is made perfect in my weakness.
I don’t need to be perfect, I just need to make sure I’m listening to and honoring Him, writing “as though God himself were speaking through” me. I don’t need glory from others; it won’t satisfy me anyway. Instead, I can point all the glory and honor in everything I do to Christ Jesus. And I can hold dearly to the fact that I have acceptance from God through Christ, I belong to Him and His family, and He loves and values me. I am worthy in His eyes because Christ died for me and lives in me! I don’t need the glory or the words of affirmation from man, because if I honor Him and live to point people to Him, when I meet Him in eternity, I can be confident that He’ll say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23 NLT).
DIG: Read 1 Peter 4, Matthew 25:14–30, and 2 Corinthians 12.
DISCOVER: How do you keep yourself from seeking glory, and instead, glorify the Lord?
DISPLAY: Make it a point today to rely on Christ in all you say and do. Lean into Him and point people to Him. Glorify Him today!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.