His Glory Is Better

Yesterday I took the long way back to my car after a study session on campus. It was a beautiful day with a high of 72 and a Crayola-blue sky overhead. As I passed the observatory, based at the top of a hill overlooking campus, I read the limestone words engraved across the top, THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD.

As I basked in this truth, straight from Psalm 19, I looked back up to the miles of blue, spinning in circles like a lost child and concluded that only God is worthy of the kind of glory given by the sky. No man can be given credit for its ever-changing beauty. It’s all God’s handiwork and daily orchestration. In fact, every beautiful and lovely thing points straight to His glory- the intricacies of the human brain, the complex cycle of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis, the depths of the unexplored ocean floor…it all points to a magnificent creator. And when we stand in awe at all He has created, we say, “You are glorious, God.”

Like the sky, or the precious caterpillar, humans are meant to declare God’s glory too. The Westminster’s Shorter Catechism, used in the 17th century to teach children and new Christians the basics of their faith, teaches this as the very first point:

What is the chief end of man?

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

I’m sure this idea is nothing new to you. Yet while our eyes are glossing over and our ears tune out the truth we’ve become so familiar to…we still need reminders. I was made to give glory to God. You were made to give glory to God.

Along the way, we’ve become distracted with manufacturing our own glory. The competitiveness brought on by comparison and jealousy can cause us to get so fixated on ourselves, that we go to long lengths to receive glory.

  • An act of kindness, seemingly sincere, that was perfectly timed for the eyes of onlookers…my kindness declares my glory.
  • Skipping a quiet devotional time to spend an extra 30 minutes staring into the mirror each morning…my put-together appearance declares my glory.
  • A sentimental caption below a “candid” photo…my seemingly memorable life and perfect relationships declare my glory.

Sound familiar?

The heavens, the earth, and every living thing in between were created to give glory to God. But when man fell into temptation, and sin entered the world, we lost sight of this purpose. We no longer lived to glorify our creator. Instead we lived to glorify ourselves and be worshipped by others.

What is most troubling about The Knot of jealousy and comparison is that it’s absolutely self-centered.

The world may tell us to shrug it off and blame jealousy on low self-esteem. But we don’t have low self-esteem at all. Instead, we are convinced we are worthy of glory- worthy of worship- and do what we can to receive it.

Comparison is the worship of man disguised as low self-esteem. And I tell you that, not to make you feel ashamed, but because I don’t want you to waste another day chasing after your own cheap, bottom shelf at the Dollar Tree, artificial, knock-off version of glory. His glory is better.

What is the chief end of man?

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Something wonderful happens when we fix our heart on glorifying God: He promises us that if we spend our life giving glory to Him (He who deserves it), we will be blessed and we’ll share in His glory for all of eternity. We will enjoy the Lord so much more when we worship His glory, rather than trying to find our own glory. This is when the comparison finally loses its enticement, and when jealousy is no longer the dictator. Nothing is more glorious than the victory of God’s people, living the life of freedom that Jesus died for us to have.

So the bottom line is this: When jealousy rears its ugly head, choose God’s glory over your own. When comparison tempts your heart, remember the One whose glory cannot be matched or competed with. He has no rival. He has no equal.

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD. AND SO CAN YOU.

With Love & Freedom,

Kelsee

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