I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. (NIV) Psalm 86:12
From Genesis to Revelation we see that God has one central purpose for creation and for mankind. It all comes down to 1 issue – His glory! As Christians live like Christ, others see the character of God fleshed out before them. . . our visible lifestyle spotlights the invisible yet Almighty God. . .and that brings Him glory! In contrast, the Hebrew word that is translated “profane” basically means “to treat as common or ordinary.” We “profane” God’s name, when our lives reflect that our God is just “ordinary.” Today we either glorify or profane God’s Name by what we say and think and do.
We profane God’s Name when. . .
Money is a higher priority than God
Our careers are a higher priority than God
Approval from others is more important than approval from God
Achievement is a higher priority than God
Possessions are a higher priority than God
Notoriety is a higher priority than God
When we attempt to use any of these to meet our needs instead of God, we proclaim to those around us that “God is not enough.” What about you? Are you glorifying God’s name or making it “ordinary”?