"Glory to God - our purpose in life"Bro. David Chancellor
6/10/2001 11:00 AM
"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." The rest of the chapter tells us that God didn't want us to continue in this way. He sent Jesus that we might be saved from a life of sin and shame. Proverbs tells us "sin is a reproach to any people." Sin brings shame and reproach. After we have been saved, we need to go forward. God didn't just save us from sin, he changed our focus in life. Our life becomes one that brings glory to God. Our motive and purpose become that God would find glory in it. We don't live asking "is this sin?", but "does this glorify God?" Is God getting anything out of your life? There should be a change of direction that comes when God is the center of your life.
Jesus was going to do his life's work. Our prayer should be, "God, do something in me that you can receive glory in me." Jesus was doing this that his followers might receive the Holy Spirit and bring glory to God. The tabernacle Moses built was just a pretty building until God came there. People need to see God in our life.
John 13:31, 32
Christ saw that he needed the Father to lift him up so he could lift up the Father. How much more WE need God!
Christ was calling on God to glorify his name, realizing there were difficult things to go through and face. There will be things for us to go through, things to lay aside. Can we pray, "Father, glorify thy name?"
If you can only glorify God with your mouth, you have fallen short of God's design for you. There should be a life bringing glory to God. Verbal praise without a life that is such as to back it up is a shame and not glory. Our focus should not be so much on "not sinning", but on "glorifying God."
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20
God can put his Spirit there to glorify him. We are dependent on God's Spirit within to bring glory to God. We are bought with a price. We are to glorify God in BOTH body and spirit. People see how we act, what we do, and where we go. Everybody sees the body that holds the spirit. Both are required to bring glory to God. Glorifying God takes in our whole being. "Is it a shame?" is another question to consider. We shouldn't do or not do a thing because it is on a list of "do's and don'ts." Our life should be lived considering how our actions will reflect on the name of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31-33
This is a scripture for "victorious living." "Whatever you do" (this is ALL of life) "do ALL to the glory of God." Wherever you go, do ALL to the glory of God. Go about your daily life in such a way as to bring God glory. We aren't seeking our own way, but that others could be saved. We should be seeking for the good for others, for their salvation.