This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him(John 2:11).
Many believe they’re giving God glory when they merely say, “Lord, I give you the glory.” If truly they’re giving Him glory that way, then where is the glory? There has to be something to show for it. It’s like going to church, and saying, “Lord, I give you the offering,” and you don’t put anything in the offering basket. If you picked an item in a shop and told the shopkeeper, “I give you the money,” will the shopkeeper let you go just because you said, “I give you the money?” Certainly not! He’d ask you for the money. You’ll have to back up your statement with paying the required amount for the purchased item.
In the same way, much more than saying it, the way to give God glory is by doing what He asked you to do and showing the results: declaring that they were done in the Name of Jesus, according to His Word. Let’s take the Lord Jesus for an example; when He turned water into wine, the Bible says, He manifested forth His glory.
When He commanded the paralytic to rise up and walk and it happened, the people glorified God when they saw the miracle (Luke 5:26). Likewise, in the city called Nain, when He raised the only son of a widow back to life, the Bible says, “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people” (Luke 7:16). Whenever you act on God’s Word, and it produces result, and then you go ahead to praise Him for it, or others see it and praise Him, the Lord is glorified.
That’s why He delights in answering our prayers. He loves to see us actualize our hopes and dreams, and then praise Him for it. Some people don’t know this, so they pray “religiously,” not expecting to receive answers. If only they knew that the glory of God lies in answering our prayers! Have the audacity of faith to expect answers when you pray, because the Lord derives glory from answering your prayers. It brings to mind the words of Jesus in John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” His joy is for you to have a fruitful, productive, and effective walk in righteousness.
Dear Father, I thank you that my life is for your glory, and I show forth your virtues, excellence, perfections and beauty today. I’m prospering and making progress on all sides because you’ve ordained me to an excellent life of fruitfulness and productivity, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Further Study: Matthew 5:16; John 15:7-8