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The Glory Of God
The overriding “Why?” in our lives must be “the glory of God”.
The word glorify means “to reveal or make clear.”
There is no greater or higher purpose in life than “the glory of God”.
Society tells us to glorify ourselves, gain followers, get likes, and love.
We use entertainment, fashion, and even education to elevate ourselves.
Even among believers there is an underhanded posturing that promotes one above another as Paul discusses in Corinthians.
However as believers our greatest desire should, and must be that God would be glorified… that people would see Jesus more clearly for having come across our path.
What Glorifies God?
Obviously all things we do can and should glorify God if we are living for Him, but here are somethings that should help us along the way.
The fruit of our lives either helps people see Christ more clearly or distracts them from seeing Jesus.
We bear no fruit of ourselves, whether that be the fruit of the Spirit or souls saved, except we abide in the vine.
Nothing we do is of or by ourselves, it is all of and by Him.
Obviously the fruit of our natural spirit looks nothing like the fruit that only the Spirit can produce in our lives.
It is only the Spirit which can produce the compassion which compels us to reach other with the gospel which glorifies God.
We are to allow our light to shine.
What is that light?
Jesus is the light in us that we are to allow to shine through to the world.
How does it work?
Jesus shines on our good works and the world glorifies God.
Sometimes it is a good action… sometimes it is as simple as a good reaction to a trial or tribulation we are facing.
We should not be able to shut up about God’s goodness in our lives.
We should continually praise God simply out of gratitude for what He has done in our lives.
When we give we are declaring the value we feel God has in our lives thereby giving God glory.
It is not so much, or really at all, how much we put in the offering as much as it is how much we have the ability to put in versus how much we do?
When God’s Glory Moves Us We
Do Our Best
We dig a little deeper and try a little harder.
We don’t just try we put our very best effort forth.
God already knows anyways… so we are transparent with God and our effort.
We do not compartmentalize our lives into work, church, home, and entertainment.
Desire To Do Righteously
We don’t simply do what we feel is best for us, we do what is best for God and His glory.
We aren’t concerned with getting by or what we can get away with, we want to do what is right or best.
Are Consumed For Christ
Living for God’s glory means we are willing to be used up for the cause of Christ.
Not only are we willing, but we find it a joy to be consumed for Christ.
Is It All About God’s Glory For You?
Can you truly, in good conscience, say you can do everything you are doing in your life right now to the glory of God?
Are there some things in your life that if you were honest you would have to say don’t glorify God.
Are there any areas where you are preventing the Holy Spirit from bearing fruit in your lives?
Making time for soul-winning, trusting God in the midst of trials etc.
Do you point all the praise to God?
We should be accepting praise since anything good we have done in our lives has been the result of God’s grace and Christ’s shed blood.
Are you honest enough to see the areas in your life where you need to grow?
Are you doing all things for God’s glory?
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