Christians talk a lot about glory. We hear it in sermons, read about it in books, and teach our children how they should do all things for the glory of God. This word is beautifully splattered across the pages of Scripture. Glory is a big deal.
Despite my familiarity with the word, I’m realizing that I have much more to learn about it. When I think of glory, I primarily think of it as a noun, as the greatness and beauty of Christ. But I’m discovering that “glory” is not just a noun; it’s also a verb. Glory is something we do. To glory means to take great pride or pleasure in someone or something or to boast in it. When I boast in Christ, I glory in Him.
Boasting in Christ does not come naturally to me. My default is to depend on and boast in myself. But I can’t glory in Christ when I’m glorying in myself.
Our culture values self-sufficiency and denounces dependency. If I’m not careful, I end up adopting those values instead of those presented in the Bible. There is great tension in being in the world and not of it. We must fight for our ethics to be shaped by the gospel more than our culture. John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). There is no competition for glory when we live by the Word of God.
We all have reasons to want to trust in our achievements for our good and gain—that battle for our glory. I don’t want to be the woman who embraces rival glories, and I suspect you don’t either. Let’s evaluate how we’re doing glory.