So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Me? Bring Glory to God? How?
We bring glory to God in our everyday actions. We bring glory to God when we demonstrate love to others. We bring glory to God when we gladly obey His commands.
Truth be told, it’s hard for me to grasp this truth! I seem to stutter and stammer through my prayers and pose a million excuses. “Lord, I am a hotmess! Don’t you think someone else is better suited to bring you honor and glory?”
I’m fairly certain I am not alone.
This side of Heaven we tend to think God’s glory is best revealed through Polly Pocket housewives with perfect children, polished homes, and warrior husbands. I know you know who I’m talking about; those women who have it much more together than we do.
But, perhaps we should give God a bit more credit.
In the genealogy of Christ ( Matthew 1:7-17) Matthew traces 41 generations from Abraham to Jesus. Reading the list of names is like reading a who’s who list of Faith-filled, Biblical heroes. In his account, Matthew chooses to list four women.
- Tamar; a widow who posed as a prostitute (Genesis 38)
- Rahab; a harlot (Joshua 2)
- Ruth; a woman of beautiful character but a Moabitess born under a curse (The Book of Ruth)
- The wife of Uriah, Bathsheba; an adulteress (2 Samuel 11).
Seems like an odd assembly of women to include in the lineage. Don’t you think? He didn’t include the room mom, the manicured wife, or the organizer of the church hospitality committee.
Sisters, we are talking about God, a man who chooses the foolish things to shame the wise. Jesus chose these women to shine in His genealogy because their lives brought glory to God like no other.
Seriously…stop and ponder these women for a moment. Consider God’s intention. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba glorify God in the sense that their very lives sum up the Gospel.
Through them we are reminded that salvation is for sinners. Salvation comes through faith. Salvation is apart from works and the Law. Salvation is about forgiveness.
These flawed, sinful women glorified God in, with, and through their imperfect lives. Lift your eyes with confident hope! The things the devil intends for harm, God will use for good. Genesis 50:20
We are all works in progress. In our efforts to be an amazing women, wives, and mothers we may fall short. In those moments, let’s fall into the arms of Jesus. He is not a crutch sweet friend he is a bed. Fall into His grace, it is gloriously sufficient and overflowing. We can rest in the blessed assurance He will enable us to become the amazing women He created.
God loves imperfect people. Imperfect people know they need God. They depend on Him for transformation and strength. Imperfect people are relatable. They aren’t afraid to point to Jesus as the strength and support in their lives. Doesn’t that ultimately bring Him more glory than the perfect Polly Pocket.
We are loved exactly as we are. So, by all means, let’s extend ourselves a little grace. Allow God to grab a hold of your hotmess and begin to work miracles, because you, yes you, were designed to bring God glory.