Pastor’s Pen: Achieving Gold and Glory

The Summer Olympic Games have reached their conclusion. The United States finished with a whopping 121 medals, 51 medals more than second place China. We also saw Simone Biles become the most decorated U.S. gymnast ever in a single Olympics. And Michael Phelps added to his legendary achievements with a total of 23 Olympic gold medals. But the glory wasn’t all in the United States.  Brazil persevered through immense national pressure to win the Olympic soccer title at home. Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas leaped for gold in the 400. And Fiji won its first-ever gold medal with an outstanding performance in the rugby sevens tournament.

There were many other memorable moments and many fantastic victories. And each victory we witnessed had something in common.  The winning athletes were awarded the gold medal. The victors stood on that podium, medals were hung around their necks and the national anthem of their country was played for all to hear. Even those from countries other than their own held this achievement with such honor that you could witness many in the stadium standing with respect as that country’s anthem was played. The people who stand before the crowd earned their gold medals and deserved the praise and respect they received from their fellow athletes, fans and onlookers. We never say, “Why are they getting a medal? Why isn’t our anthem being played?” That person or team beat the best in the world and they deserve the glory. We recognize their achievement and honor them for it, as we should.

This is the same with God. He himself says in Exodus 20:4-5, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” God states here that nothing else is to come before him or to be worshiped as God. We are not to put anything ahead of him. He alone is God and he wants all the glory for himself.

“Why should I give him all the glory?” you may ask. The same reason we give an Olympic gold medalist the glory, He deserves it. Psalm 96 tells us, “…great is the Lord and most worthy of praise ... Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name…” And in Revelation 4:11 the cry goes out, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”

God is the sole creator and the one over all. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal, the king over everyone and the Lord of everything.  He alone deserves the ultimate praise and glory because of who He is and what He has done. Does your life honor God and lift him up?  Give him all your worship and praise today.