The Glorifiers

One might quickly ask what does it mean to be a "Glorifier".

Well to be quite honest, at first I was a bit worried that I had actually made the word up. It doesn't immediately pop-up on the Webster's Meredith Online Dictionary page, but after some searching it is there!

The dictionary defines glorify as "to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise or admiration".

The "Glorifier" is one who glorifies.

What are the things that we glorify?
Today we glorify our homes, our businesses and careers, our cars, our relationships, our hobbies, we glorify each other, our possessions, our sports teams, our money, our time, and so much more.

We glorify the most though, ourselves.

We often find ourselves bestowing honor, praise or admiration on ourselves, and if it is not we ourselves bestowing those traits upon ourselves, it is we ourselves working hard to get others to pour these accolades upon us.

We seek popularity, we seek raises, we seek promotions, we seek honored promotions and recognition.

Much of what we do in this life is about obtaining honor for ourselves.

Now certainly scripture gives us guidelines about honoring others.

Ephesians 6:2 "'Honor your father and mother,' which is the first commandment with promise:"

Leviticus 19:32 "‘You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord."

Romans 13:1 "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God."

Hebrews 13:7 "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive (speaking of pastors and other church leaders)  for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."

But never do we find scripture that tells us to honor ourselves.
We live in a world where people are encouraged to honor themselves, and put themselves first, but scripture clearly says to think about the needs of others before we think about our own needs.

Yet, even while we obey scripture and honor the Word of God, we actually in fact are obeying and glorifying God.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11). 

God is the one that should be glorified and we glorify Him as we obey His Word and do as He has commanded us.

We as believers are called to be the God Glorifiers. To exalt Christ and magnify our God and honor Him, and Him alone.

As we contemplate our walk with Him today, we need to ask ourselves, "Am I a God Glorifier or a Self-Glorifier?"