“Do all for the glory of God.”
We toss those words around all the time. But what does it really mean to glorify God? And how can we do it, practically?
In this video from the Wisdom Forum, David Kim encourages you to take another look at Isaiah 6. You’ll learn how you can glorify God in everything from parenting to accounting — from your sleepless nights to spreadsheets.
Here are a few key highlights:
What does it mean to glorify God and enjoy him forever?
“How do we work for the glory of God? Does that mean it shows out in our character, in our ethics, so it’s really just about the kind of person we are? Or does it really work out into the very work we do, the very product of our work?”
What does Isaiah 6 say about the difference between holiness and glory?
“Holiness describes the very internal quality and character of God, while the glory of God represents the visible manifestation of his characteristics.”
What can a more literal translation of Isaiah 6 teach us?
“While Isaiah is in awe of the throne room of God, the angels are in awe of the earth. Think about that…”
On the persistence of God’s glory.
“As the angels are looking at this earth, they know the ravages of the perversions of humanity. They know how broken this world is. Yet, despite all the brokenness that sin has created in our lives and the world around us, the glory of God continues to persist. And they see that. And Paul says, ever since the creation of the world, God’s eternal qualities, his divine nature, has clearly been seen in creation.”
Why is parenting so hard?
“[Parenting] begins to cultivate these [traits] we call care and nurture. We learn this hard task of caring for our family, realizing that it comes at great cost and sacrifice. That care and nurture you experience in such a real and intense way, from the sleepless nights to the early mornings, helps us understand when the Bible says, ‘I am your father.’ That is not a theoretical concept.”
What impact can our work have on others?
“We worship him in our work, and through our work. And when people begin to see that the product of our work — what we spend forty, fifty or sixty hours of our week doing — is an expression of our identity as people created in the image of God, created to give Him glory, there is a transformative effect that has a leavening effect on all those around us. You see someone in line with who they were created to be.“