In this new blog series, we are considering, “If God does everything for His sake, how can we be like God and do all things for His glory?” What captures our hearts and minds will usually be the things we will be committed to. As followers of Christ, we are called to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. In others words, God should capture our affections. If this is true, then there ought to be two realities seen in our lives.
There must be a solidarity toward God. The definition of solidarity is “unity or agreement of feelings or action.” The Christian’s life should be one where their affections are in unison with God’s. God’s affections for Himself are reflected in the Scriptures. In Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My sake,” Also, in Ezekiel 36:22, “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.” One final example, Psalm 100:3, “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;” These three verses are just a taste of what the Bible states about God’s solidarity toward Himself. The reason God acts is to glorify His own name, and as followers of Christ, we must be attempting by His grace, to be in solidarity with God’s affections. God’s affections are always right and good because they come from His nature. The assurance of doing God’s perfect will can be rooted in aligning ourselves with His will.
The only obstacle that will prevent us from aligning our lives with God’s glory is having solidarity toward man, rather than God. If we are persuaded by the fear of man, then we can be sure our affection at best will be divided. Paul states in Galatians 1:10, “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?” This is the greatest obstacle to living for the glory of God. The fear of man is a deadly hindrance. The affection we have for others will naturally pull us away from doing what we know pleases God. We can fear man for many reasons: the desire for approval, acceptance, love, honor, assurance, glory, esteem, and comfort, evidencing our fear of man rather than God. Lou Priolo states it best, “Being a people-pleaser is like having a little handle on your back that others can grab hold of to push you and pull you in all directions.” The motivation is not always obvious to us, but we can be looking for a pat on the back, the affirmation of others to comfort our hearts, rather than seeking to find the glory of God as all-satisfying. If the all-satisfying glory of God does not grip our affections, then we like blind men will grope around in the darkness trying to find our way. Where is our solidarity? With God or with man?
May our affections be motivated by the glory of God.