16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16 (NASB)
Glory is an interesting concept. Everyone wants to give “it” to God after a big win, but how many actually know what it is they are giving to God.
It is important to note this fact: When we “give glory to God,” we don't actually add to His glory. God is not needy in that if we do not “give” Him glory, He will be lacking.
Athlete, God lacks nothing. When we say “give glory to God,” it may be helpful for us to use familiar athletic language. Think of LeBron James. When fans chant his name, cheer him on, and in an odd sense, worship him, they are not making him a better basketball player. He is already an amazing basketball player. What fans are doing when they cheer and yell is to say, “He is amazing!” See the difference? What he does on the court makes him a great basketball player. The fans “give him glory” by acknowledging his greatness.
You are biblically called to give glory to God. Although this is not the only way, it starts with acknowledging how amazing He is. Athlete, how would you define glory if a reporter asked?