Full or Empty
George Frideric Handel was a famous German composer who lived from 1685 to 1759. His fame is based on his many original operas (42), oratorios (25), concerti grossi (18), organ concertos (12), and cantatas (120). His most beloved composition was the Messiah, including the recognizable “Hallelujah” chorus. What was the secret to his success? For example, Handel wrote the Messiah during a period of isolation. Handel did not leave his home for three weeks, but when he emerged from his isolation, he had written a 259 page masterpiece celebrating the coming of Christ, His passion, and the glorious resurrection. Prior to walking out of his residence, Handel wrote three words on the last page — “Soli Deo Gloria,” or “To God alone be the glory!” While I am not advocating isolation, we have had extra time on our hands over the past year. So what have you spent your time doing?
Every day we can spend our time for our own interests or to the glory of God. Which will it be? Time is a precious commodity. We all have the same amount of time in every day. What priorities do you have in your schedule?
♦ Does your schedule for each day begin with God? Many times we intend to get around to doing something, but “things happen” and we just don’t get around to it. So if something is very important or critical, why not do it first? The Psalmist wrote, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” (Psalm 5:3) Look up to start your day, and all you do during the day has a better focus.
♦ Do you include God in everything or do you “fit Him into your schedule?” One perspective is that “all we do” is to the glory of God. (Colossians 3:17) Another perspective is that God gets the scraps. Why not plan your day so God receives all the glory?
♦ Do something every day which is done solely for the glory of God. Worship time. Spread the gospel to the lost, one person at a time. Acts of service in the name of Christ. It is not wrong to take a break, rest, chill out, or have a pastime or a hobby, but how does it fit into your determined plan to give glory to God?
Great things can be done if “Soli Deo Gloria” is what matters most to us. Let’s be intentional for God alone to receive the glory.