Christian leaders are famous for saying, “We give God all the glory.” And most of them mean it. But is there a deeper place—a place beneath our words—from which God wants to receive honor? And how does that play out in the workplace?
Conviction is a funny thing.
Until it happens, you think you’re fine. But once it does, you realize you’re not.
I thought I was doing a fine job of honoring God through my leadership. I gave Him glory every time I spoke or wrote on behalf of the ministry.
But when God called our ministry to robust worship, I realized how peaked my phrases actually were. God wanted more. He deserved more.
In the past twenty years, we’ve learned there’s no end to the practical, meaningful ways we can honor God. Here are just a few.
1. Love Him wholeheartedly. This is the deeper place I mentioned earlier, the deeper well from which honor springs—a heart that’s in love with God. Keep your heart washed in the Word and watered by the Spirit, on your own and together with your ministry team.
2. Worship Him creatively. During meetings, spend time singing along with YouTube worship songs, or illustrate an attribute of God on paper and share them with each other. Take a walk with a few colleagues to soak in the beauty of God’s creation.
3. Read His Word out loud. There’s nothing more anchoring than reading God’s Word. Choose a relevant portion of Scripture, print it in several versions, and read it out loud with your team. You’ll gain strength, perspective, and wisdom.
4. Talk to Him often. Make prayer normative throughout the day. Try not to think of it as something that happens only at the beginning of the day or as an opener to meetings. Think of it as dialoguing with your Father—your Ministry Leader—all day long.
5. Share what He’s doing. Talk with your co-workers about what God’s doing through your ministry, how He’s changing lives, how He’s changing your lives. Take the time to brag on God as the true source of every good thing taking place in and around you.
6. Praise Him sincerely. Speak words of praise to God in conversation with each other, through email, really whenever you’re communicating with others. And check your heart. It’s easy to glibly say, “Praise the Lord.” Make sure your heart is in concert with your words.
7. Reflect Him with integrity. As you’re aligned with God, your words, attitudes, decisions, and actions—on and off the job—will be like Christ’s and will bring Him glory.
Sincere, heartfelt honor matters to God. Listen to His perspective in these verses:
“This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Mt. 15:8).
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart… soul… strength… and mind” (Lk. 10:27).
“Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31b).
As leaders, let’s cultivate hearts that are in love with God, express honor to Him freely, and bring Him glory through the way we live. After all, honoring God is far more than lip service; it’s the language of your life.
“Honoring God is far more than lip service; it’s the language of your life.”- Lisa Hosler
What are some ways you and your team honor God through the workday? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.