God’s Glory…or Ours?
I was sitting across from him on the couch, trying to make him understand—but he didn’t. To my son, his actions had just been that of simple childish retaliation. He had been wronged, and he wanted to get even. He had been put into a situation he didn’t want and didn’t ask for—so he pushed back. No big deal. It’s what most anyone in his shoes would have done.
I tarried in that parental moment, searching for a way to make him think deeper. Matthew 6:9-10 came to mind.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Everyday, you and I—along with everyone else on this planet—are faced with a choice. How we live, how we spend our time, how we decide respond to others, the choice is the same. We either choose to live for God’s glory or for our own. My son’s reactions made sense to him at the time, because in that moment he was living for his own glory. He had been hurt—embarrassed even—and he was thinking only of protecting his “little kingdom of one.”
How often do we do the same? Even as I write this, I am convicted as I think of all the ways I daily choose to live for my glory and my kingdom…when I respond impatiently to my children, or selfishly demand something of my spouse, or simply ignore the gentle urging of the Spirit to spend more time in God’s Word.
Living for our own kingdom never ends well…for anyone. We weren’t created to live for our own glory, but for the glory of One infinitely greater—our Creator. True joy can only ever be found in fulfilling this God-given purpose. For this very reason our Lord Jesus went to incredible lengths to free us from being slaves to our own nearsighted little kingdoms so that we might have a place in His kingdom that would last for all eternity.
Today, are we truly praying for God’s kingdom—for His will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven?” What about for His will to be done in our hearts “as it is in heaven?” Are we willing to look at all the little moments in life as an opportunity to either display our own glory or the glory of the One who created us? May God’s great grace give us the ability to pray Matthew 6:10…and truly mean it.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”