Living for the "Glory of God"
Rom 6:10-11 “Jesus died to defeat sin and now he lives for the glory of God so you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus.”
Whose glory are you living for? Your own? Your parent’s expectations? Your significant other? Fame?
The reason why most people don’t feel fulfilled is because they give first-class allegiance to second-class causes. Then those causes betray them.
They live for a relationship, then they are walked out on. Their whole identity is their sport, then they get injured. Some people, they live for their job. But, what happens when they lose their job?
God says there’s only one thing worth living for. The glory of God. That means, whatever you do, you are doing it to please Him above anyone else. You dedicate your life to glorify God. To make Jesus more famous. To honor God with everything you do.
I talked to a guy who told me, “Jerry, I climbed the ladder of success. I did it. When I got to the top I discovered that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.” He wasted his life living for the wrong thing. Living for making money, living for being popular. Living for pleasure, living for yourself. Living for sex. Living for food. Living for “the weekend.” Anything like that. Only God is worthy of your first-class allegiance because he made you, he loves you, he has a plan for your life.
He is worth living for, and he will bless you if you do. Living for God and not yourself is the only way you’ll find fulfillment in this life.
How do I do this? How do I live for the glory of God? I could give you a hundred ways to live for the glory of God. Let me just give you three.
1. SHOW LOVE TO EVERYONE
Did you know that every time you show love it gives glory to God? Because God is love. It shows what God is like. Remember glory is revealing what God is really like. God says, “I am loving. I am compassionate. I want you to be like me. I want you to develop my character.”
You’re never going to be God. But God says, “I want you to become godly. I want you to develop my character. Like father like son, like father like daughter. I want you to learn to love people the way I love people.” God is love. He says, “Every time you do that it shows my glory. I want you to love like me.” Of course, one of the ways you do that is just by accepting people.
Rom 15:7 Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
See what this is saying here? It’s saying it doesn’t require a super talent to glorify God. Simple hospitality brings glory to God. Notice this, “accept each other.” He says just as Jesus accepted you, God will be glorified.
Let’s be a church who loves people well. Too many Christians are seen as judgmental, which isn’t glorifying to God. Let’s just love people and accept them where they are. That’s what Christ does for us. God does the changing.
Can you be nice and love everyone? I encourage you to love people. This glorifies God.
2. USE YOUR ABILITIES TO SERVE EVERYBODY
1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
When you use your abilities to help each other what happens? God is glorified. God wired you to make a contribution. Your talents, the talents that you have right now, the stuff that you’re naturally good at, God didn’t give them to you for your benefit.
Your talents are for the benefit of other people. Their talents are for the benefit of you. The things that you’re good at, they’re not for your benefit. They’re for the benefit of other people.
Serving others glorifies God and is so closely tied to your fulfillment in this life. When you serve someone and God uses you to help people, you will feel purposeful and fulfilled.
You were meant for more than just “taking, taking, taking.” You were created to give and serve. That glorifies God.
3. SHARE THE GOOD NEWS WITH EVERYONE
2 Corinthians 4:15 As God’s grace [that’s the good news of God’s grace through Jesus] brings more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
We’re not talking about bringing people to a religion. We’re talking about bringing people to a person, Jesus. It’s more like a friendship. It’s not a religious value system. Following Jesus is all about following a real, live person who offers them grace and forgiveness. It’s the best news ever.
Every time you share your faith you bring glory to God. Every time you bring somebody to hear the good news you bring glory to God
My hope is that you won’t just read these three ways to glorify God, but that you will DO them. We can all do them. We can all love better. We can all serve better. We can all share the Good News of Jesus this week.
I hope you will do it. These things glorify God, and they will bring you fulfillment, because you were created by God and for God. When we “get that” life starts to make sense.