In Romans 1:18-23, Paul describes the way God has made Himself known to all of humankind from the foundation of the world. Because of His power, beauty, and knowledge displayed through His creation, all of humankind is to glorify Him. Failing to glorify and show gratitude to God results in a futile and foolish way of life that glorifies animals and man himself rather than the Almighty Creator. How does a person glorify God? The prophet Daniel shows us one way: by humbling yourself.
Daniel 2:26-30 tells of the young man Daniel, to whom God has given the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s mysterious and confounding dream. No wise man, no conjurer, no seer that the king had summoned was able to interpret the dream (Dan. 2:27). In that moment, when Daniel had been given impossible information, the revelation of a dream which even the king himself had forgotten, it would be tempting to take credit and be elevated in the eyes of other people. Instead, Daniel chooses the path of humility, giving all the credit for the great wisdom to God (Dan. 2:28-30). After revealing the dream and its interpretation, the king offers this response: “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries…” (Dan. 2:47a).
As Daniel humbled himself by giving God the proper credit for His unfathomable wisdom he caused God to be glorified by one who had previously known next to nothing about the True God.
In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus teaches that His followers are lights in a dark world who ought to let their lights shine, which results in the people of this world glorifying God in heaven. Humble lights who elevate God to His proper place in their lives cause those around them to glorify God.
Talk to a stranger about what God has done to change you! Talk about His transforming power and how it has changed your life! Give your time and energy to someone in need! Be a humble light and bring glory to God!
Eli Schnell is the Youth and Family Minister at the Northwest Church of Christ
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135