For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. [Rom 11:36, GNT]
God has created us to do great things with the gifts, resources and opportunities he gives us in this life. But when we seek to achieve greatness for our own fame and reputation, we take upon our shoulders a weight only God can bear. In Isaiah 42:8 God says, “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” God alone can bear the burden of glory. With glory comes great responsibility—responsibility you and I will never be able to bear. Living for your own glory will only lead you to a life of dissatisfaction, striving, burdens, and failure.
How can you lead a life devoted to the glory of God? You must first begin by spending time meditating on and experiencing the glory of God for yourself. All through Scripture we read of God’s glory displayed throughout creation. His glory is also revealed in his love, in his nearness, and in us as God’s crown of creation. When you encounter the glory of God in true worship, your desires will naturally shift from living for yourself to living for him.
As you spend time in God’s presence make room for God to align your life with his purposes. 1 Cor 10:31: So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. So pursue relationships, work, fun, and community in light of your need to live for God’s glory. When you live for the glory of God you experience the abundant peace and joy he has planned for you.
So, what does it look like to live for the glory of God? Living for God’s glory requires true humility. Humility isn’t acting as if you’re bad at things you are good at. Humility is acknowledging God has given you the gifts and talents you possess to the fullest, but using them for God’s glory alone. True humility takes praises and victories straight to God in the secret place and laying down any good thing you’ve done back at the feet of Jesus in deep gratitude and worship.