“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever.” Romans 11:36
“I don’t believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.” ― Emily P. Freeman
“Man was created to glorify God. Now, that may encompass other things which God has planned for each man, but essentially, man was created to glorify God.” ― Criss Jami
“Everything we do should glorify God!” ― Billy Graham
“Everything we do should glorify God!” Yes I admit I stole the sermon title today from Billy. Today I want you to consider something very simple, is what you are doing glorifying God each moment of the day. I pray that before this sermon is over, you will understand how this simple question can guide your life, minute by minute. “Is what I am doing, saying, feeling, or thinking glorifying God?” Or you can think of it slightly differently, “Is what I am doing, saying, feeling, or thinking showing God’s glory?”
If you tune me out after this, fine. If you do tune me out, is that glorifying God? If you’re wishing church would quickly get over, is that glorifying God? I am trying to help you understand that this focal point can change your life. Looking grumpy in the check-out line glorifying God? Snapping at anyone glorifying God? Losing your patience glorifying God? Is everything you say in Sunday school glorying God? Think about your after church time and the rest of day conversations and thoughts.
Look, even the heavens glorify God Psalms 19:1: “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” We see God then in sunrises, sunsets, thunderstorms and yes tornadoes. We see the glory of God in a newborn baby, an elderly person, a picture, and the list goes on and on. But do you know where we see the glory of God the most? This happens when people see Jesus in us. Hebrews 1:3 says, “He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being.” John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
So people see God’s glory when they see Jesus in us. Jesus said in John 17:4, “I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.” Jesus did everything to glorify God, we are called to be like Jesus, therefore in everything we do we should glorify God and by living that way we will be like Jesus. Stop thinking about the rules, the legal stuff, stop thinking about what you don’t want to do wrong or yourself. Take every action and thought you have and ask if that glorifies God. I find it simple and illuminating. Our big mission on earth is to glorify God.
Romans 3:23 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” None of us have given God the full glory he deserves from our lives. After what Jesus did for us, that may be the worst sin. Living for God’s glory just as Jesus did is without a doubt the greatest accomplishment we may make with Our lives.
Jesus honored God by fulfilling His purpose here on earth and we honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose it brings glory to God. St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Let’s look at some broad categories where we bring God glory and become fully alive.
1. We bring God glory by worshipping Him. Now let’s be honest, did you come this morning with an attitude of “it’s my duty” or “it’s my habit” or “it’s my obligation” or “I hope I get something out of it?” “I hope Jeff picked a song I like.” On that drive here or walk from the parking lot can you honestly say that you have come today motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight knowing that Jesus is walking right beside you? No matter what has happened before this moment, or what will happen after this moment, we are called to remember it is about worshipping and giving glory to God, not what we can get out of it. Frankly, we can give glory to God if we do the order of worship backwards, unless you decide that upsets you. Giving glory to God is God-centered, not I centered.
Worship is more than praising, singing, and praising God. Worship is really about how you live your life. Worship is right now and on this day being here and it is about being with and enjoying God every day. It is praising God for the good and the bad. It is praising God for your circumstance. When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship. It is praising God on the assembly line, cooking, doing dishes and the list goes on. Whatever you might be doing, doing it to the best of your abilities, is worshipping God. Your job may be secular, a grandparent, a mother, whatever, but doing the best you can wherever you are with joy, thanksgiving and delight worships God and give Him glory.
2. We bring God glory by loving other believers. Minimum requirement. When you surrendered to Jesus you became part of God’s family. When you surrendered our Bible says you became a child of God, we are all children of God. Now let’s stop right here and consider everyone here today or any Sunday and ask yourself if you really love them. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing; it also includes belonging to and learning to love the family of God, your brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death.” Romans 15:7, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” John 13:34-35, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus in essence tells you that you are responsible to learn how to love just as God does because God is love and it honors Him.
3. We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. After the surrender, after being born into the family of God, he wants us to grow in spiritual maturity and simply put that is becoming more like Jesus in the way we think, feel and act. The more develop a character like Christ, the more you will bring glory to God. Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
God wants you to take this new life that was freely given to you by His grace and for the rest of your life, every day of your life to continue the process of change to be like Jesus. John 15:8, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
4. We bring glory to God by serving others with our gifts.
Each of us are unique and we each, we each, have talents, gifts and skills and abilities which have been placed into you by God to be used by you….for God and not for yourself. They were given to you in order for you to choose to use them for God’s will which is to bring His kingdom to earth first and foremost.
Many who have not surrendered there life to God use their gifts, talents and skills for themselves. Many who have surrendered there life to God use their gifts, talents and skills for themselves. The priorities of both of these groups of people are mixed up. God is not served first, therefore God has not been given the glory. Many good servants serve family, job, hobbies before God. That is not giving glory to God. We give glory to God when we serve each other.
1 Peter 4:10-11 portions: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received…. whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever.
5. We bring glory to God by telling others about Him.
You have won the salvation prize, you will be in the presence of the Lord for ever! This world is not all there is to life. We have this great privilege given to us not by our works or deeds or by how good we are but by the free gift of grace. This is really bigger than being President of the USA or the greatest athlete or scholar in the world. God loves you, God has forgiven you, God has a wonderful journey planned for you prior to you being born, why oh why don’t we tell more people? Why don’t we tell more people and then ask them to come join you in glorifying God?
You are on a mission from the Lord God all mighty, maker of heaven and earth and all too often we just sit here. 2 Corinthians 4:13-15, Paul said, “But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—”I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
So what do you want to live for? Living for the glory of God changes your priorities and thinking. Asking yourself constantly “Is what I am doing, saying, feeling, or thinking showing God’s glory?” will change your life. When you snap an answer to someone that is not gracious this will come to mind. When you plan your day, this will change your mind. When you have scheduling conflicts it will change your mind. In everything and everything you do asking yourself before hand “Is what I am doing, saying, feeling, or thinking showing God’s glory?” will change your life to become more like Christ.
AND, if you keep this in mind, after have done something sinful, even the slightest thing, this will convict your heart and then repent and then go face to face possibly and ask for forgiveness and keep reminding yourself always: “Is what I am doing, saying, feeling, or thinking showing God’s glory?”
So will you do what God desires, bring Him glory, or will you decide to take the easy way, or the selfish way. Have you really decided that you are not your own? Does your life show that? Who you really live for or gonna live for? Will you exist thinking this world is more important than the next world? Will you glorify yourself or God?
Paul summed it up in 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 best: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God (everyone), just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, so that they may be saved.