SDG. At the completion of every composition, Bach inscribed these three letters in the margin of his music. These three letters stood for the Latin phrase, Soli Deo Gloria-to the glory of God alone.
Now just imagine if filmmakers, politicians, and entrepreneurs followed this practice. What kind of cultural impact would we have if our scripts and bills and business plans originated as prayers? I mean just image students writing SDG on their papers for class, mechanics etching SDG on mufflers and motors, or doctors scribbling SDG on their prescriptions.
You see, it’s not about what you do. It’s about why you do what you do. Ultimately, it’s about who you do it for. In God’s kingdom, it’s your motives that matter most.
You see, this SDG is living for an audience of one. It’s doing the right thing for the right reason. It’s living for the applause of nail-scarred hands. So, in this kind of Soli Deo Gloria kind of living, it’s not about success and failure. It’s not about good days and bad days. It’s not about wealth or poverty. It’s not about health or sickness. It’s not even about life or death. It’s about glorifying God in whatever circumstances you find yourself in, and there is no circumstance in which you cannot glorify God. That’s why living SDG is so freeing, so empowering. It can become a way of life.
So, as we go about our daily lives, as we gather to worship, pray, study, and serve, may we do it all Soli Deo Gloria!