Summary: How can we give God greater glory in the most effective ways? (I Cor. 10:31)
How to Give God Greater Glory - I Cor. 10:31
"Whatever you do, do it ALL for the glory of God."
Why do so many people struggle to consistently give God glory in all aspects of their personal lives, relationships and activities?
Quote: Charles Ryrie, a famous teacher from Dallas Seminary said, "God’s glory is His reputation. To live for God’s glory means to live so that God’s reputation is enhanced (heightened in quantity and quality) and not diminished in any way."
Glory in the Bible refers to worth, beauty and value. The glory of God is His renown, his honor and His fame. When we seek to glorify God we give Him all our homage, service and devotion in all ways. In the Old Testament, glory meant weight, substance and radiant beauty. To glorify someone is to recognize one’s worth, beauty and to speak of their honor so others may hear. To glory the Lord is to speak of Him in a truthful way so we can worship Him with the beauty of holiness, truth and love.
Jesus said, "I have glorify you, Father, on the earth, having accomplished the work, you have given me to do." (John 17:4) We can best glorify God by completing His will for life.
Quote: "Just as we cannot darken the sun we cannot decrease God’s glory, but we can cause others to see the glory of God or lessen their motivation to behold His splendor by poor choices." (Ray Pritchard, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois) May 4th 1997
Quote: "Worship fulfills God’s love. He loves people so vastly that He wills to exalt them to something better than greatness; He wants to bring them into an honored nearness to Him." (Stephen Hawthorne, Perspectives, p. 37)
Too many people are turning to the Bible as a self-help book. The Bible is essentially a book about God and His glory. The Lord is seeking people to be His worshipers. (John 4:22-24) He draws people as worshipers who will freely give to Him their love inspired glory. The Lord wants to draw all people into obedient worship, or glory from all the nations. Stephen Hawthorne has called the Bible, "The Story of His Glory." (Perspectives, p. 34)
How can we give God greater glory in the most effective ways?
1. VERBALLY GIVE GOD GLORY as David did in I Chron 29:10-13 where it is written, "David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor coes from you; you are the ruler of all things, in your hands are the strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name."
2. RECOGNIZE THAT glory belongs to the Lord alone. No human being was meant to be worshiped or given our allegiance to above our commitment to God and His glory. God’s name is glorious. David wrote, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." (Psa. 8:1) Majesty is God’s qualities as seen in His stateliness, sovereign power and dignity. Is your life giving people reason to rejoice in God’s glory even more?
3. HELP EVERYONE REPENT OF ALL SINS OF COMMISSION, OMISSION WRONG ATTITUDES AND FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS. Paul wrote, "For all have sinnned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23) We need Christ to gain access to the glory of God through a personal relationship by faith. Those who fail to do so are not able to live for God’s glory and will experience His wrath, judgment and exclusion from His eternal presence. Only when we turn from our sin and move toward Christ and the seeking first of His kingdom and righteousness will we be able to seek the glory of God.
4. LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE. We display God’s glory through Christ. Paul wrote, "For God, who said, ’Let light shine out of 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." (2 Cor. 4:6) We best glorify God when we help give more of Jesus Christ to everyone in every way.
Song: "More about Jesus would I know. More of His grace to others show. More of saving fullness see. More of His love who died for me. More, more about Jesus. More, more about Jesus. More of His saving fullness SEE. More of His love who died for me." (2 Pet. 3:18) But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. To Him be the glory (honor, majesty and splendor) both now and to day of eternity."