DAY 2: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
The first step towards accepting and enjoying God’s great gifts are to take the focus from our unworthiness and place it on Him. The moment that we realize that God does everything for his own glory, our flawed, human nature moves to the background. “And who has given Him so much that He needs to pay it back? For everything comes from Him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen” (Romans 11:35:36, NLT).
When we consider that God is giving us a specific gift to glorify his own name, we stop wondering why God would treat us with such generosity, and start thinking of what we should be doing with it. We stop thinking that there must be something good about us if God rewards us with such spectacular gifts, and start being grateful that He uses flawed humans to display his glory. We stop measuring our worth by the size of the gifts we receive, and start grasping a small part of his glory, which is so much greater than we can comprehend.
A gift that is too generous and great according to our own standards, says a lot about our understanding of God’s riches and glory. If a gift from God does not match our small, imperfect nature, it does not reflect on us, but on Him. “And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NLT).
“I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to Him and the blessings fall down on me” – Gabby Douglas.
What if, instead of allowing our unworthiness to cast a shadow, we choose to glorify the Giver of all the spectacular gifts we receive every day.