Do you like Christian music? I do. Like many other Christians, my family and I enjoy listening to Christian music on the radio and on CDs in our car. Christian music is encouraging and uplifting for us. We like both contemporary Christian music and hymns. This morning, one of my favorite hymns was on my mind a lot. It was well-known Fanny Crosby song To God Be the Glory, which she wrote more than a hundred years ago.
Both the song To God Be the Glory and the Bible tell us that we should live for God and His glory instead of for ourselves. We all struggle sometimes with selfishness and our desire to receive the credit for our accomplishments. We tend to want to receive the glory for reaching our goals and getting tasks done. Some of us might even want people to praise us more than we want them to praise God.
It’s understandable that we want to receive credit and compliments for all of the things that we accomplish at home, work, and school. We want and need to be recognized for what we do and respected for who we are. Our human nature inclines us to want other people to like us. We all want and need to feel loved and accepted.
God knows our human tendencies, and He understands our deepest needs. God meets our needs for love and acceptance if we truly trust in Him and obey Him. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live for His glory instead of for our own glory (see Isaiah 42:8; 1 Corinthians 10:31). He also wants us to live for Jesus rather than for ourselves because Jesus died for our sins and rose again (see 2 Corinthians 5:15).
I wrote my book The Life Changer out of my desire to be a blessing to my book’s readers and my desire to glorify God. If you read my book and like it, please thank and praise God for enabling me to write my book and for allowing it to bless you. May God be glorified in my life and in yours!