Glorify GodBro. David Chancellor
1/19/2003 11:00 AM
While our life for God is a duty, serving God out of duty isn't where the happy Christian life is found. Happiness is found in pleasing God and serving him out of love.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Paul let these know that they were the dwelling place of God's Holy Spirit. God owns us. We were bought with a price. He can do with us as he pleases. Christ paid the price for every man when he died on the cross. You didn't come to this world on your own. You are God's property. Are you valuable property? Do you bring glory to God? Do you desire to bring glory to God? Our desire should be to lift God up and bring glory to his name. We should bring glory to God in both body and spirit. The two are tied together. In our body we do things. Our body doesn't go without our spirit, and our spirit doesn't go without our body. Our body is the visible part. If you go and steal something, people see your hands taking something that doesn't belong to you. Our body should bring glory to God. That's why we concern ourselves about how we look. Yet, it's not just the body; there's the spirit, too. How do you react to things? What attitudes do you have? Glorify God in your demeanor and attitudes. People can see what you look like spiritually by your attitudes and demeanor. We want our spirit to glorify God as well.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We're to let our light shine. Let the light within you shine. This light won't shine like a bulb on your head to show God within while your body is doing bad works. Works and your spirit aren't separate. You don't earn your salvation, yet, how will you glorify God in your body if you are not doing any good works? If your light would shine, it will show up on your face and in all you do. The life within needs to come through to the outside. The love of God within will make you do something good for someone, even if you're getting bad in return. When good is returned for evil, God will be glorified. You can't have a good spirit without also having good works. It's incompatible. All of us have things that others don't know we're going through. Keeping a good attitude takes the grace of God. How will others know him if you don't lift him up for them to see?
1 Peter 3:1-6
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
The emphasis is usually put on the subject of outward adornment. The outward part is a limited part. We can be clean and decent and modest, but this isn't spirituality. Don't let the adorning be outward. This doesn't mean to dress awful. Many people do judge others by the outward appearance. Outward adornment alone doesn't indicate what's in the heart. Some people may look nice, but the glory of God is not there. Check to see if the spirit glorifies God. We need to think about our appearance, but there's more to it than just the appearance. Outward appearance alone misses the point. Don't let the hidden man of the heart stay hidden. Let what's on the inside be shown on the outside. The meek and quiet spirit is an adornment. Carry the Spirit of God with you. Have it as your adornment and decoration. This brings glory to God and lifts him up. This, in God's sight, is of great price. He values the meek and quiet spirit. The spirit that is subject to God and is unmovable. Let the spiritual glow radiate from your being. People will see in your life that you are godly. There is something about the spirit of that one that lifts up God that people notice. You can't glorify God in your spirit and it not influence what people see in your body. When God's Spirit is within, it needs to show up in the life we live.
Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
This deals with Israel's dealings with God. They were dealing treacherously with God. Often you hear about a meek and quiet spirit for the wives. These husbands had a treacherous spirit. When their wives got old, they pursued other interests and didn't care for her. We don't want a treacherous, self-seeking spirit. This doesn't bring glory to God. God isn't glorified by people not getting along. Does what you say and do lift up God? Treachery isn't godly. The hidden man needs to come out. Glorify God in your spirit. God isn't glorified by a spirit filled with self-love. We want the good spirit that glorifies God. It's a spirit that is willing to hear and to understand others. It seeks to grasp how things are for them. Selfish, proud people don't glorify God.
We're bought with a price to be used for a purpose. You're God's servant. He bought you to use. If you have the Spirit of God within and it is starting to ooze out, God can be glorified. We think of the story where the one broke the box of ointment and anointed Jesus. The smell filled the room. The room needs to be filled with the smell of what's in the box. Let the box be broken, so that the Spirit can get out. Don't keep it a secret. People need to see God in you. Sooner or later, what's inside comes out. Jesus told the Pharisees that they were like sepulchers filled with dead men's bones. The smell that was coming out of their box was rotten and dead. Is what comes out something that is good or that is bad?
People think of office politics as treachery. Office politics don't just happen at the office. People are treacherous other places, too. This is because of what is inside.
Do we desire that God be glorified? Do we see it as only a duty?
1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Wholly - all of it. "...your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless..." Let's do away with the idea of "my body did this but my spirit was uninvolved..." It all needs to be made clean and right, and be preserved blameless. There needs to be a sweet spirit within that shows on the outside with everything else. Don't put the pearl of great price in a safe. You can wear the Holy Spirit on the outside and not worry about losing it. All of us is important. No part of us is left out. Let the spirit within come forth in holy works and good living. If it's not within, God won't be glorified. Decent, modest clothes will be sufficient when that meek and quiet spirit adorns. Let that be in you which would draw others to God and would glorify him.