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Indira Gandhi (1917–84), prime minister of India, recalled what her grandfather told her: “My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.”
It’s understandable that we like to take the credit when things look favourable to us. But, we shouldn’t glorify ourselves at any time or under any circumstances. According to the understanding of the Protestant Reformers, Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone) is one of the tenets of their faith. It is a Latin expression, indicating that God alone is to be honoured and worshiped on the basis of His identity and gracious acts of salvation. God’s children should cause others to glorify God and this is what Jesus talked about in Matthew 5:16.
Let’s ponder His words.
16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NIV)
Let’s pose a question to God. “God, can You help me to do the deeds that lead others to glorify You?”
Let’s practice what you learnt. Before beginning a new day of work, ask God to give you the determination of glorifying God.
Let’s proclaim to others about your experiential knowledge. Share with a believer your struggles and successes in glorifying God.