The main responsibility of humanity is to Give it all to God and Glorify God. God may bless our lives in many different ways, but he may not understand worldly standards. According to scripture, the easy life is not promised to us, but you are called to glorify his name regardless of the situation. James1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” The call is to be able to content no matter the circumstances.
There is another way to give it to God, though. You can give it to God by trusting him to take care of all of your problems. You can put your anxieties and worries on the Lord, knowing that if he loves us enough to save our souls that he will ultimately take care of us. In the western world, we don’t like to have to trust in anyone but ourselves. What a burden to carry! With Christ, you can let go of this unrealistic burden because you need other people. But, unfortunately, you are not designed to be able to be the whole church ourselves (1 Cor 12).
Why Is It Important That You Give it to God?
When you follow Jesus Christ, you are given purpose. One of the best parts about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that you are born new, and your chief Aim is to Glorify God. You can’t glorify God if you are only focused on glorifying yourself.
What does our society tell you about praise? It tells you that you should have an Instagram account to brag about how cool your life is. Instead, you spend your time depressed because others have more things to brag about.
Here is the truth, there is nothing worth bragging about that is impressive to God. God is not impressed by:
- or anything that is done in human strength
God can do whatever he wants at any time. If he created the whole universe, then he created everything in the universe. So no amount of any of the things that impress us here can impress God.
Because he is the creator of this all, it means that you should live in awe of what he constantly is doing in our lives and others. You need to give it to God and understand that he is due all of the glory.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says the Lord, let not the wise man boast in his wisdom. Let not the mighty man boast in his might. Let not the rich man boast in his riches. But if he is to boast, let him boast in this, that he understands and knows me, for I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight declares the Lord. “
God makes it very clear that knowing him is the only thing you should be bragging about. The problem is that you can’t know God fully. But here is the beauty of being a Christian, you can’t know God, but Jesus already knows him fully. In John 14, he says, if you know me, you know the father.
You don’t have to do the work to know God because you never can, but you get to be presented as Jesus when you go to heaven through faith in Jesus Christ.
Col 1:22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.
Society Wants You to Glorify Yourself
Here is one of the biggest challenges and why I am starting the podcast How to Deny Thy Self. We have a huge problem right now in our world, and it’s getting worse. People will do their own thing, and no matter how much it goes against the will of God, people will call it good.
As a follower of Christ, you have to avoid this trap. It’s not your duty to fall into doing what everyone else is doing. We are called to be set apart, and we are supposed to be in this world but not of the world because our hope is in Christ and his future glory. The Bible is clear about how at the end of time, people will be lovers of self!
2 Timothy 3: 1-5 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
When you look at the list above and see what is happening today and the levels of division we see over every matter, it should be alarming. The first thing you should recognize is that Jesus may not be as far from returning as many people think. That means that you want to make sure that you share the Gospel with as many people as possible.
The biggest call from the text above is to stop glorifying yourself. Stop being a lover of self and instead focus on the Glory of God. Salvation cannot be earned by any Christian, which means that we can really boast in nothing. Christ is alive in us, but it’s by no doing of our own. It should humble us that God would love a broken people so much that he would send his only begotten son down to take our place on the cross. We deserve to be nailed to that cross every day, but instead, we get eternal life through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
What Happens When You Give it to God?
When you give it all to him, it’s about submitting to Christ. The reason we pray in Jesus’ name is that we are submitting to him. We don’t like the word submit too much because the Western world has told you to own your domain and be the boss of your world.
When you give it to God, you’re admitting you can’t do it on your own. You are coming to grips with the fact that you could not earn your salvation, and you can’t earn anything else in this world without God’s hand in your life.
The Bible does not promise you an easy life. It promises Christians a life like Jesus, one where few people believe you and where you get persecuted for your faith. Expect it but know that the suffering is worth it for the name of Jesus. It shows that your God is different when you can suffer persistently for his name.