trusted online casino malaysia
Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

To Glorify God

It's our calling.

The Celtic Revival: Afterglow (12)

Adae, i. e., ad dee, to God, ie. due to God

  - Cormac, Glossary, Irish, 10th century

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory…

  - Psalm 115.1

Evidence suggests that, late in the period of the Celtic Revival, the faith of many Irish Christians was devolving into a kind of partisanship, not unlike that which Paul confronted in Corinth. Factions had formed and believers were competing with one another, even going to war against fellow believers, to gain some perceived advantage of property or authority. The faith had become a means for aggrandizing self and tribe, and believers were losing sight of the true end of faith and of what God was due in terms of humble service and devout worship.

I get the impression that a good many contemporary believers understand the faith of Jesus to be something that exists for their best interests primarily. Jesus came to earth to save us. The Holy Spirit has come to comfort us. The Bible is God’s Word to bless us. God watches over us each day to make us happy and give us peace.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of thinking that our salvation is primarily all about us, what God can do for us today.

Rick Warren hinted as much when, in the opening line of his book, The Purpose Driven Life, he wrote, “It’s not about you.” Many Christians might nod in agreement with Pastor Warren. His book has been widely read, even by whole churches determined to achieve a 40-day makeover away from the spiritual narcissism so prevalent in our narcissistic age.

Yet for all those good intentions, things haven’t changed much in the churches in our day. We still seem to be pursuing the faith according to self-interested guidelines and practices. We consider the salvation we have in Jesus is designed above all else to bless us.

But to believe this is to fall short of God’s purpose in sending Jesus to save the world. Jesus was sent not merely to save lost sinners, but to glorify God in all His works (Jn. 17.4). Our salvation is ultimately intended for God’s glory, for it is in glorifying God that we realize our highest calling and achievement. To fall short of God’s purpose, even in the claim of being saved, is to be still in our sins (Rom. 3.23).

It must have been the same in Cormac’s day. We recall that Cormac compiled his Glossary to preserve certain Celtic words which had fallen into disuse, and which he believed were very important. Like adae, a literal translation of which is something like, “glory” or “glorious.” What God is due is glory, and glory to God is the result of true faith.

Why has God redeemed and saved us? That He might get glory. But what does that mean?

God receives glory when we acknowledge His Presence, honor His character, acknowledge His blessings, and obey His Word. We glorify God as those who are saved when we live in such a way as to exhibit and exalt His truth, attributes, and works. We glorify God by talking about Him, and not just about what He has done for us. We glorify God when He is seen in our good works of love, and not when we are commended for some good thing.

God is determined that the knowledge of His glory should cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2.14). To that end, He is continuously manifesting His glory in the things He has made, through the vast creation (Ps. 19.1-4).

But because sinful people choose to turn a blind eye to God, and to go about their business quite apart from Him (Rom. 1.18-32), God has chosen a particular people out of the mass of humanity to bring His glory to light and to call others to see, acknowledge, honor, and obey Him. We who believe in Jesus are called to do all things for the sake of glorifying God (1 Cor. 10.31), and this means that the end of faith is that God might be glorified in all the words and deeds of all the moments of our lives. He intends for us who know Him to render to Him what is His due – glory!

This is the very thing Cormac feared was being lost sight of in His day, and I fear the same is true in our own as well. We may be all bubbly and gushing about how happy we are to be saved, and how much God does for us. But our salvation is not complete until, in our speech, our demeanor, all our relationships, roles, and responsibilities, we are putting God on display, crediting and honoring Him, and seeking by every means to render to Him the glory which is His due.

I’m convinced we would make real progress in the faith if everything we did was prefaced with the prayer, “Not to us, O LORD, but to Your Name give glory!” Salvation is not about us, not, at least, in the last analysis. Salvation is for us, so that we might be for the glory of God.

And when we live for God’s glory, and this prayer is our prayer, then the world will know there is a God and King in heaven, and He is great and wise and good and caring and holy, and Jesus is His Name.

For Reflection
1. How is it that we realize maximum fulfillment, satisfaction, joy, and delight when we are glorifying God?

2. Salvation is for us, but it is not ultimately about us. Explain.

Psalm 115.1-3, 14-18 (Plainfield: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus)
Not to us, O God, not us,
    but unto Your Name give glory!
For Your love and faithfulness,
    ever to Your Name be glory!
Why should the nations cry, “Where is their God on high?”
You rule us, Lord, on high:
    Ever to Your Name be glory!

Grant us, Savior, great increase:
    Ever to Your Name be glory!
Bless us with eternal peace:
    Ever to Your Name be glory!
Heaven and earth are Yours; let every soul adore
and bless You evermore:
    Ever to Your Name be glory!

What does this mean for me, Lord? How can I bring You more consistent glory in all my life? As I think about the day ahead, show me where I can glorify You, and lead me to…

Such a Great Salvation

Need a better understanding of the greatness and purpose of our salvation? Order a free copy of our book, Such a Great Salvation, by clicking here.

If you’re not a supporter of this ministry, won’t you please prayerfully consider making a gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe? Only God can move you to do this, and we believe He intends to support this ministry from within the ranks of those who are served by it. If this includes you, please seek the Lord in this matter. You can click here to give with your credit card or through Anedot or PayPal, or send your gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 360 Zephyr Road, Williston, VT 05495.

T. M. Moore, Principal
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All Psalms for singing from The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

Subscribe to Ailbe Newsletters

Sign up to receive our email newsletters and read columns about revival, renewal, and awakening built upon prayer, sharing, and mutual edification.