1 Corinthians 10:31, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Romans 14:8, "For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's."
The story of King Midas is about a man who had it all: a luxurious castle, wealth, power, and an adoring daughter. Dissatisfied and seeking more glory, he made a wish that everything he touched would turn to gold. Unfortunately, as he whirled around amazed by his new ability, he soon realized the danger and disappointment in such a self-absorbed dream as his food, drink, and most prized possession - his beloved daughter - turned to gold.
Self-absorption and pride always overpromise and under-deliver. Therefore, we're always destined for disappointment when we make everything about our own wants and desires. Why? Because we were meant for something far greater - to reflect God's glory, His greatness in all we do.
God is perfect and holy. We are human and prone to error. So, when we think about reflecting His glory, it isn't about perfection; it's about projection. When we commit to keeping the spotlight on God rather than ourselves, we have the privilege of showing the world who He is and what He's done as we bring Him the glory He deserves. And that's far greater than gold!
Take a moment to be totally honest with yourself. Are there areas in your life where you need to move the spotlight off yourself and onto God? Confess and commit to making any necessary changes in order to do so.
God, I'm so thankful for the incredible opportunity of reflecting Your glory. Remind me of this when I allow pride to get in the way of bringing You the honor You deserve. I confess and turn from my sins to live the life of holiness You desire. In Jesus' name, Amen.