Give God the Glory

“If then he, one with the Father, equal to the Father, God from God, God with God, co-eternal, immortal, equally unchanging, equally timeless, equally creator and disposer of times, if he because he came in time, took the form of a slave, and was found in appearance as a man (Phil 2:7), then he seeks his Father’s glory, not his own. What should you, O man, do, you who seek your own glory whenever you do anything good, while when you do something bad, you figure out ways to blame God?

Take a look at yourself; you are a creature, acknowledge the creator; you are a slave, do not distain the master; you have been adopted, but not on your merits. Seek the glory of the one from whom you have received this grace, O adopted child, seek the glory of the one whose glory was sought by his only true born Son.”

-Augustine, Homilies on the Gospel of John 1-40, Homily 29. Translated by Edmund Hill (Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2009), 495.