Originally written by Charles H. Spurgeon
“To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” Romans 11:36
“To Him be the glory forever!” This should be the single desire of all Christians. All other wishes must be come second to this one. The Christian may wish for prosperity in their business, but only insofar as it may help us to promote this–“To Him be the glory forever!” We may desire to attain more gifts and more graces, but it should only be that “To Him be the glory forever!”
You are not acting as you ought to do when you are moved by any other motive than to give glory to your Lord. As a Christian, if you are “of God, and through God,” then live “to God.” Let nothing ever set your heart beating so mightily as love to Him. Let this ambition fire your soul; let it become the foundation of everything you do, and become your sustaining motive whenever your passion grows cold. Make God your only goal. When I depend on myself, sorrow begins; but my joy will be complete when God becomes my supreme delight. Let your desire for God’s glory be a growing desire. If you blessed Him in your youth, do not be content with the kind of praises you gave Him then.
Has God prospered your business? Give Him more as He has given you more.
Has God given you experience? Praise Him by stronger faith than you exercised at first.
Does your knowledge grow? Then sing more sweetly.
Do you enjoy happier times than you once had? Have you been healed from sickness, and has your sorrow been turned into peace and joy? Then give Him more music; increase the thankful fervor of your praise. Practically in your life give Him honor. The “Amen” to your praise to your great and gracious Lord will then increasingly become your own individual service and increasing holiness.
Question: Why is it sometimes tempting to take the praise and glory for ourselves instead of giving it to God?
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Updated to modern English by Darren Hewer.