Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Lifesongs--All for the Glory of God

Soli Deo gloria, Latin for "Glory to God" alone, is one of the five doctrines emphasized during the Protestant Reformation. (You can go here to read more about them.)

The Reformers believed that whether you were in the pulpit, orchard, or kitchen all that we do when done by faith would bring glory to God. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

For the follower of Christ, all of life is to be lived with an awareness, appreciation and intention to bring honor to God by living under the lordship of the Son.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God; Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God; whoever serves, let him do so as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (1CO 10:31; 1PE 4:11; REV 1:6; 2PE 3:1; EPH 3:21; REV 7:12; ROM 11:36)

Here is a meditation with music from Casting Crowns.


Anonymous said...

Thank You!


LoieJ said...

Soli Deo gloria was the motto of the college I attended. It is good to remember that everything can be done to the glory of God, not just formal preaching, etc.

Dorcas (aka SingingOwl) said...

You are welcome, Sandie.

PS what's a great motto! I like all the "solas" but this is the one that I remind myself of pretty regularly.