1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
What does it mean to glorify God? It means to bring Him honor through what we say, how we act, and how we think, how we treat others. To glorify God means to acknowledge His glory and to value it above all things. To glorify God means we make it known to others. To glorify God means we have a heartfelt gratitude. We glorify God through our faith. We glorify God through our love. We glorify God through our desire to obey Him. We glorify God through our desire to know Him.
Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” So there you have it, our purpose here on earth is to glorify God.
To glorify God is to set God highest in our thoughts, and, to have a venerable esteem of him. “But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore.” (Psalm 92:8)
Glorifying God consists in worship. “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)
Affection is glory we give to God, who counts himself glorified when he is loved. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
We glorify God when we fight under the banner of his gospel against an enemy, and say to him as David to King Saul, “Thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine,” (1 Samuel 17:32).
Christians, we are the PR team for Jesus Christ. Our lives must be submitted onto Him for the purpose of His glory. When we live holy lives before the unsaved, they will come to glorify God! “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17)
We glorify God by walking cheerfully, even while in the midst of pain. It brings glory to God, when the world sees a Christian cheerful in the worst times. When God’s people hang their heads, it looks as if they do not serve a good master, which reflects dishonour on God. “Serve the Lord with gladness…” (Psalm 100:2)
We glorify God by standing up for His truths. Much of God’s glory lies in his truth. God has entrusted us with his truth, as a master entrusts his servant with his possessions to keep. Truth is a beam that shines from God. Much of his glory lies in his truth. When we are advocates for truth we glorify God.
We glorify God by praising him. Praise exalts Him in the eyes of others. When we praise God, we spread his fame and renown, we display the trophies of his excellency. Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. David was called the sweet singer of Israel, and his praising God was called glorifying God. “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, and I will glorify thy name.” (Psalm 96:12) How sad it is that God has no more glory from us in this way! Many are full of murmuring and discontent. Others have tears in their eyes, and complaints in their mouths, but few have harps in their hands, blessing and glorifying God. Praise is the rent we pay to God: as long as God renews our lease, we must renew our rent.
We glorify God by labouring to draw others to God; by seeking to convert others, and so make them instruments of glorifying God. It is a great way of glorifying God, when we break open the devil’s prison, and turn men from the power of Satan to God.
We glorify God in a high degree when we suffer in the name of Jesus. “Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires…” (Isaiah 24:15) Micah was in the prison, Isaiah was sawn asunder, Paul beheaded, Luke hanged on an olive tree….
Most of all, we bring glory to God when we love one another, our topic of the month, LOVE! Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
We need to realize something. Love is not a feeling. Love is something that you do, and it produces a feeling. If you really love someone, you show it. You do something. You don’t just say, “I love you.” We tell the world that God loves them, but those are words. We also need to show them that God loves them. How do we do this? Through our actions! Loving others through our actions brings glory to God.
A good illustration of love in action is found in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). It’s interesting that nothing is ever said about how the Samaritan felt. All the attention is focused on what he did. You see, how you feel about a situation is not as important as what you do about a situation. As a Christian, everything that you do should be in line with God’s Word, because what you do will make God either look good or bad.
Paul says in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Too often the people of God argue among themselves while the people of the world are on their way to hell. That’s exactly what the devil wants to happen. You see, if the devil can’t get Christians to fall into sin, then he’ll try to stir up strife, especially in the church! But it seems that some believers have a self-righteous attitude that says, “We can’t fellowship with them because they are not of our ‘movement’.” Or, “We can’t go to that church because the pastor doesn’t agree with me.” Ha! If a church preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ, then it’s a good bet that they believe the same things you do, because Jesus is the common denominator!
The Bible calls strife and division a sin. So let’s come together on common ground to deliver people and set them free. If we’re going to glorify God and make Him look good, we have to display unity in the Body of Christ.
Let all your words and actions today be to glorify our Father in heaven!
Scripture of the day: “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:15
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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