Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory. – Romans 11:36
Everything created by God, which in fact is everything created, has the purpose of giving God all the glory! In Isaiah 42:8, God Almighty boldly declares, “I am the Lord! That is my name, and I will not give my glory to anyone else; I will not share my praise with carved idols.” God is very clear about His glory.
My ultimate goal is to glorify God with my life. I fall, but I rise again, and that’s one of the characteristics of God that deserves all the glory – his faithfulness to us sinners.
How Can I Bring Glory to God?
Jesus answered this in John 17:4 “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.”
Rick Warren has given 5 ways to being glory to God:
- By worshipping Him: God desires our praise. In glorifying Him, we’re actually being invited to enjoy Him. John Piper, a great man of God notes, “God is most glorified in us when we’re most satisfied in Him.” I remember driving with my mom, and she will pull over to bless God for the beauty of nature we managed to catch. That is on of the many versatilities of worship. Romans 6:13c says, ‘use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.’
- By loving other believers: Romans 15:7, “accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” When you become born again, you become part of God family, showing love to this family glorifies our Master.
- By becoming like Christ: II Corinthians 3:18 says, “as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” It’s a life-long process to change our character to become more like Christ. The more we strive for this, the more we mature spiritually, and the more we are able to glorify Christ by our lives. Philippians 1:11, “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation–the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ–for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”
- By serving others with our gifts: I Peter 4: 8-11 “Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and God will get all the glory as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”
- By telling others about Him: It’s a great privilege to share Christ. It’s one of the reasons I’m making this journey to find God’s purpose for my life a public one. II Corinthians 4:15, “And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.”
What will you live for?
Living a life aligned with God’s glory may mean I have to change my priorities, reevaluate relationships, and sometimes choose a more difficult path to achieve a goal… II Peter 1:3 explains this, “Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!” Real life began for me when I whole-heartedly committed everything about my life to God. It provided me with peace in troubled times, and joy even in moments of sorrow.
If you desire to begin this life, you first have to believe that God loves you, wants to forgive you, and created you for a divine purpose. Then, you receive His free gift of salvation through Jesus. Go ahead, say out loud, “Jesus, I confess that you’re Lord. I believe in you, and receive you and your Holy Spirit to guide me.” If you prayed that prayer, congratulations! Welcome to God’s family. You will need support in this new life, please reach out to me.
Food for though: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?