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!
There are many challenges facing the Christian but none is greater than the challenge to remain faithful to Christ. In reality, this is what Christianity is all about. Jesus summed it up this way: “Be faithful until death, and 1 will give you the crown of life “(Rev. 2:10). Of course, we understand that Jesus addressed this to Christians who were being tortured and killed for their faith. He challenged them to be faithful and not deny Him even if it meant death. The reward of heaven would far outweigh the pain of torture.
Most Christians today do not face death for their faith, yet the challenge to be faithful is still very real. The Christian's faith is being challenged daily by distractions that take the focus from the priorities of life.
How can one remain faithful? The Word is full of admonition and encouragement to be faithful. Here are some things that will help to this end:
1. Daily Bible Study. "Your word 1 have hidden in my heart, That 1 might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11). Jesus used the Scripture to overcome the temptation of Satan and so must we (Matt. 4:1-11).
2. Daily Prayer. Jesus both taught and demonstrated the necessity of daily prayer in remaining faithful (Matt. 6:9-15).
3. Encourage One Another. The Hebrew writer warned against the sin of unbelief and admonished "exhort one another daily" (Heb. 3:13). Christians need to help one another to bear the burdens of daily living (Gal. 6: 1-2).
4. Add the Christian Graces. Peter admonishes Christians to grow spiritually by adding to their faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness brotherly kindness and love. By growing in these things, Peter says: "you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ"
(2 Peter 1:5- 7). Accordingly, Peter says "for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 1: 11).
In other words, to remain faithful we must do our best each day to do God's will. We must never lose sight of the heavenly goal. Paul put it this way: "Brethren, 1 do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:13-14). May we never let the distractions of the world cause us to take our eyes from the cross.
The Hebrew writer admonished: “... let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”(Heb. 12:1-2). Let us ever strive to remain faithful to the Lord.
It has always been difficult to find those who are truly honest. Some six hundred years before Christ, God commissioned Jeremiah saying, “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; See now and know; And seek in her open places If you can find a man, If there is anyone who executes judgment, Who seeks the truth, And I will pardon her”(Jer. 5: 1). God was looking for just one honest man so that he might pardon His people and avert the onslaught of Babylonia. None was found. About three hundred years later, Diogenes, the cynic of ancient Greece (c. 320 B.C.) was said to have gone about Athens with a lantern in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man – but never finding one.