How would you define glorifying God? How would you personally respond if I asked you to share ways in which you regularly bring glory to Him? How do you worship Him in your daily life? Would you consider what you do for a living as worshipping or bringing glory to God? Would you consider babysitting your grandchildren, raising children, cleaning house, washing dishes, doing laundry as glorifying God? Would you consider taking care of your spouse as glorifying God? Going to a game, the movies, watching television glorifying God? Why not? Is it because none of it involves going to church?
One morning during my time with the Lord I said to Him, “I haven’t sung to you in a while.” He lovingly responded, “worship is more than a song -worship is the attitude of the heart.” Singing may be a part of worship but the act of worship has more to do with the relationship you share with the object of your worship. If you’re living in willful disobedience you can sing all the songs you want, but it won’t be worship and He won’t be glorified. Jesus said. “You are my friends if you do what I’ve commanded you. John 15:14 and if you love me you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.
Open your Bibles to Colossians 3:17
“Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
The key word is “whatever” that implies that everything we do or say should be done to glorify God. Can we truly say that most of the things we do rises to the rank of attaching Jesus’ Name to it? Not only what we consider church things, but all the things I eluded to earlier. If we’re doing it with the right motive, it should honor and bring glory to God. Thanksgiving is giving glory. Gratitude is giving glory.
The psalmist wrote, “He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him], I shall show the salvation of God.” Psalms 50:23 AMP
Go to Matthew 25:35-40 every good deed done with the right motive honors God. So much so that He says “you’ve done it unto Me.” This changes the way we think, and the reason we do the things we do. If we’re doing it for the applause of men, Jesus said we already have our reward. Matthew 6:2-5. But if we’re doing it to honor Him we get to hear “well done good and faithful servant.” I’ll borrow a quote from Bill Johnson,“If we don’t realize what our actions mean to God, we do not receive the strength and encouragement God intended for us out of our own obedience.”
When Jesus told His disciples in John 4:34 that His food was doing the will of the Father I’m sure they didn’t get it right away. He wasn’t seeking His own honor but the honor of the One He was sent to represent. We are to have the same mindset about why we do what we do. Whether in a secular environment or the church. Walking in the will of God, someone said, nourishes the soul in the same way the natural food nourishes the body. That’s why Jesus said what He did to the disciples. As long as He was doing the will of the Father, He was nourished.
Let’s look at John 14:13-” I will do whatever you ask in My Name,” why? So that the Father would be glorified in Him. Jesus’ glory is seen in what is accomplished in His Name. So if we’re doing everything with Him in mind as Christians, glory automatically flows to Him. Attitude, actions, conversations, our responses to world events, words, mannerisms, everything should bring Him glory. But because we relegate or compartmentalize our church activities from our secular or familial activities we fail to bring Him glory in everything we do. Whatever we do or say should be done for one purpose only: To glorify God.
That changes everything doesn’t it? I know it made me sit up. No longer can we separate what, where, when, why and how. Everything we do must honor God. From cleaning toilets to taking out the trash. From praying with our families to watching television with our families. From going to church to going to work. From helping the poor to supporting our local church. From visiting the sick to visiting the prisoner. From taking a walk to taking a vacation. Every conversation with a sinner or a saint. From caring for a disabled spouse to caring for a neighbor. Whatever we do, do it for the glory of God.
If God cannot be glorified in our words or deeds then we need to change course. We need to put our efforts into doing the will of the Father. Doing the things that honor and glorify Him. We learned through scripture that Isaac was blessed because Abraham obeyed God but Isaac was also blessed because he too obeyed God and stayed where God told him to. (Genesis 26). We sing Abraham’s blessings are mine, but he got blessed by believing and obeying. Obedience is key to honoring and glorifying God. He wants to enjoy what we enjoy. He wants to be with us not only on Sunday morning but Monday to Saturday. He wants to be glorified when you go shopping at the supermarket or the mall, He wants to be glorified when you go out to dinner or the movies, He wants to be glorified in and through us.
Here’s another often ignored way to glorify God. It’s ignored because the scripture deals more with sexual immorality. Let’s read:
“Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute? Certainly not! Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.”1 Corinthians 6:15, 19-20 AMP
Before I continue I’d like to quote Bill Johnson as his words speak volumes to what I’m about to share,“Every area of my life must be part of my worship of God Himself. If there’s a part of my life that cannot be an expression of my love for God, it shouldn’t be in my life.”
How do we love God with our bodies? How do we glorify Him with our bodies? No it isn’t by praying or reading scriptures! It’s by eating right and exercising. Physical activity, rest and a healthy eating habits protect us from sickness and diseases. Most Christians are unhealthy because they do not honor God with their bodies. Doctors will tell you that regularly exercising even twenty minutes per day, will yield significant benefits to your life.
Wouldn’t you rather be made whole than stand in line for a miracle every day of your life?
My daughter told a group of ladies at a conference that “the only weight God wants us carrying is the weight of His glory.” God wants to be glorified in our spirit, soul and body. Diabetes, heart disease and even some types of arthritis can be cured or prevented by simple lifestyle changes. I’m sharing truth. Honor, glorify God in your bodies. I enjoy periodically a bowl of ice cream and a piece of cake, but it’s not my every day or weekly diet. I like fried chicken and macaroni and cheese but I wouldn’t make it a staple in my diet. I have a rule of thumb for what I choose to eat. If I can’t pronounce it I’m not eating it. Read the labels. More than four or five ingredients, leave it on the shelf. Less is more. Obesity is a killer in God’s Church. Skip the fellowship dessert. It’s making us sick.
“Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. 1 Corinthians 6:12 AMP
Did you get that? Everything is permissible, but not all things are beneficial. Don’t become a slave to your appetites. Endeavor to do and become what glorifies God. Whatever, in everything and every way, bring glory to Him.
“Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own.” Philippians 3:12 AMP
We’re a work in progress, but we cannot be lazy about what we know must be done. Paul had a goal to be Christlike in every way. So he pressed or disciplined himself to accomplish that goal. But he also knew the importance of relying on Jesus to follow through. Here’s something else he determined to do.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you.” Philippians 3:13-15 AMP
If that was where Paul stopped it would’ve been good, but because he didn’t make excuses but pressed through he was able to tell the next generation, us. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 NIV
Forget the excuses, forget the lies you’ve been believing about or telling yourself. You’re not too old to be healthy and make changes. God promises us long life, Genesis 6:3,but we can shorten it by the decisions we make moving forward. I can share stories of seventy, eighty and ninety year olds who made a lifestyle change and are reaching towards the hundred and twenty years God promises us. God said these very strong words through the apostle Paul:
“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.”1 Corinthians 3:16-17 MSG
Another translation of the same verse reads:
“Don’t you realize that together you have become God’s inner sanctuary and that the Spirit of God makes his permanent home in you? Now, if someone desecrates God’s inner sanctuary, God will desecrate him, for God’s inner sanctuary is holy, and that is exactly who you are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 TPT
So there you have it. Everything about our lives should be aimed at bringing glory to God. So make a prayerful decision to seek God for wisdom in how you may bring honor to Him. It’s not always spiritual but then again it is. Because every area, every activity in our lives should be about Him.
Father in the Name of Jesus, What must I do or what am I not doing, to give You the glory that You’re due? Having learned that my whole life is to honor you, help me in the areas that I’m not disciplined in. I realize that even the simple or seemingly insignificant things in my life should be honoring to You. Holy Spirit, teach me how to daily bring my life into true submission to Christ so that in everything and in every way I may bring glory to my Heavenly Father. In Jesus Name. Amen
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit