Shining the Spotlight
If you grew up in church world, you learned that one of the most important things was God’s glory. We were very clearly supposed to give God the glory, like little human spotlights always showing how awesome God is.
Over time, I learned what kind of things would do this. There was a clear category: religious things.
I could give God the glory by singing loudly and with feeling during worship. Speaking boldly about God and God’s will in public was another way I could shine that light. I brought God glory when I abstained from bad behavior. Even more, I could multiply God’s glory by commenting about the questionable behavior I was abstaining from, so the others would knew I was taking a stand for God.
Witnessing, apologetics, serving at church, and being a very good boy–these were the kinds of things that give God glory.
If it was true that my life’s purpose was to bring God glory than it seemed to me that my life’s purpose was really just to be as good and religious as I could be.
Well, our life’s purpose and God’s glory are tied together, but not in the way that I thought.