Sunday, March 04, 2007

Day 7 – I Live to show God’s glory

I Live to show God’s glory

Everything and everyone exists for the glory of the Lord – because without God’s glory there would be nothing. Romans 11 vs. 36 – For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things; To Him be the glory forever. Proverbs 16 vs. 4 – The Lord works out everything for His own ends. God’s glory is the expression of His goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities, because everything created by God reflects His glory in some way. Even Psalm 19 vs. 1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

Throughout History the Lord has revealed His glory to people in different ways – In the Garden of Eden [Gen. 3vs. 8]; to Moses [Ex. 33 vs. 18]; in the tabernacle and the temple [Ex. 40 vs. 33-38], through Jesus [John 1 vs. 14]; and now through the church [Ephesians 2 vs. 21-22; 2 Corinth. 4 vs. 6-7 – For God who said let light shine out of the darkness made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the Face of Christ. But we have this treasure in Jaws of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us; in heavens God’s glory provides all the light needed. And Revelations 21 vs. 38 – tells us – the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives us light and the lamb is its lamp. Jesus is the light of the world and because of Him we are no longer in darkness. Hebrews 1 vs. 3 – The son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being – sustaining all things by His powerful word.

Glory is possessed by God; because it is His nature, and I as His creation am commanded to recognize, honour, declare, praise, reflect His glory and also live for His glory. Because I owe it to Him and He deserves it. And as a creator and owner of all things it is therefore His. HE DESERVES IT – Revelation 4 vs. 11 – You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

I fail to give God His glory in my sins – Loving things more than God. This is a form or rebellion and this is why the devil failed. For I have lived for my own glory and not the Lord’s; Romans 3 vs. 23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – All of us. And Yet I forget this is the biggest mistake of my life. Therefore giving God His glory should be the greatest achievement of my life and should be my ultimate goal. Isaiah 43 vs. 7 – Everyone who is called by my name who I created for my glory. Whom I formed and made.

So how do I give God His glory? Jesus told God – John 17 vs. 4 – I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. – Jesus honoured God by fulfilling His purpose on earth; I ought to try and do the same – because anything that fulfils its purpose in creation brings God glory.

Therefore I should bring God His glory -

by WORSHIPping Him, this should be motivated by Love, thanksgiving, delight and duty. This should be my lifestyle, giving myself over to be used by His purpose. Romans 6 vs. 13 - …but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.

by LOVING other believers, 1 John 3 vs. 14; Romans 15 vs. 7 – Accept one another, then just as Christ accepted you in order bring Praise to God – As Jesus Did – John 13 vs. 34 -35 – Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.

by BECOMING like CHRIST – 2 Corinth. 3 vs. 18; God gave me a new life and a new nature when I accepted Christ. Well now He wants to continue the process of making me more like Christ. Philippians 1 vs. 11 – Filled with the fruit of righteousness that come through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God. John 15 vs. 8 – This is to my Father’s glory, that you may bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

by SERVING others with my gift. For I was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills and abilities. And my gifts were not given to me for selfish purpose but to be of benefits to others. 1 Peter 4 vs. 10-11; 2 Corinth. 8 vs. 19.

by TELLING OTHERS about HIM. Because He doesn’t want His love and purpose be kept a secret, for I am expected to share it with others. 2 Corinth. 4 vs. 15 – All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Lessons Learnt on Day 7

Therefore living my life for the glory of God will require a change in my priorities, schedule, relationships and more. That it may require me to even choose a difficult path rather than an easier option. Even Jesus struggled with this [John 12 vs. 27 -28 – For my heart is troubled…Father glorify thy name].

So which will I choose? The self centred comfortable life for my own goals and pleasure or fulfil God’s purpose and bring glory to Him ; John 12 vs. 25 – The man who loves his life will loose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Therefore, I have chosen to LIVE for GOD – 1 Pet. 1 vs. 3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who healed us by His own glory and godliness. John 1 vs. 12 – To those who received him He gave the right to be called children of God. It’s really all for Him.

2 comments:

Believer said...

..Just to say thanks for what you are doing with your blog. It is very inspiring and just what i think i need at the moment. God bless you.

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

@believer - Im glad you have been blessed by this series. And I thank God for inspiring me to do it. Thanks for visiting my blog.