n my going out and coming in; be Thou before me, Amen
We sang “In my life LORD be glorified” as we where learning about The LORD in my youth. We should LIVE it now as we grow, deeply rooted in Him, Amen
Ever thought about what that actually means?
In this lesson we are focusing on glorifying God. Particularly, we want to know what i the world that means and why we are told to do it.
If we are going to glorify God, we need to understand a little bit about what glorify means.
In Hebrew, the word glorify is kabod; and in the Greek, it is doxazo. These are two very different aspects of the word. First, to glorify means to shine, to demonstrate and to manifest the divine. In other words, glory represents the Lord’s presence. Examples of God’s glory can be seen all throughout the Bible.
The second aspect of the word glory means to reflect, to show forth, to demonstrate and to express the image of an object or person so that it may be seen by all. It means to add something to someone’s character that it, in itself, does not have. In the New Testament doxazo can mean to signify, extol and ascribe honor to. It is most often used of an external manifestation. According to the Bible, to glorify God means to bring Christ’s glory or radiance to light, to manifest it or to reflect it. When we glorify God, we are reflecting how awesome and amazing He is through our actions and attitudes.
We have shed the old Man; ALL things have become new! Amen.
To glorify God means we bring Him honor through what we say, how we act, and how we think. To glorify God means to acknowledge His glory and to value it above all things. It means we make it known to others. It means we have a heartfelt gratitude. We glorify God through our faith, through our love and through our desire to obey Him. We glorify God through our desire to know Him.
Why Do We Glorify God?
So why is it so important? Why do we glorify God? To put it simply, it is what we were created to do. God created us for His own glory. In Isaiah 43:7, God says this about mankind, “ Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.” We were made to glorify God. In the words of John Piper, “Birds were made to fly. Fish were made to swim. We were made to glorify God”. If we are not glorifying God, then we are not living out our purpose.
How Do We Glorify God?
We glorify God by living the way He calls us to live. We glorify him when other people can see him because of the way we live our lives. In John 15:8, Jesus says, “ When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
Bearing fruit simply means having evidence in your life that you are living the way God wants you to. You can glorify God in the way you interact with others, in the way you speak, in the way you dress, in your Facebook posts and twitter tweets; every choice you make is an opportunity to glorify God.
When we glorify God, we should be pointing others to Jesus, instead of pointing them to ourselves. In his book Jesus>Religion, Jefferson Bethke says, “As God’s children, we are to use our lives knowing they reflect back to him and bear his image. Too often, instead of acting like mirrors pointing back to Jesus, we try to act like billboards, advertising ourselves. But outside of Jesus we have no ability to create. In the same way the moon can’t light up without the sun— because all it is doing is reflecting the sunlight—we can’t create or bear God’s image on our own accord. Trying to get glory for things we have done is like the moon shouting, “Look how awesome I am,” when the only reason the moon is shining in the first place is because of the sun. The brightness of the moon is borrowed brightness.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says, “As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory.” We are called to do everything for God’s glory. Everything we do should point others to Him. God is a God of glory. God is glorious. God exists to be glorified. The Bible speaks of the glory of God as a mega-theme that appears about 275 times in the English translation, 50 times alone in the book of Psalms.
Jesus has told us that we’re the light of the world and that we should let our light shine through the good works that we do in His name. But much of the time we feel more like burned out bulbs than lights shining in the darkness. We need to realize that it’s not the brightness coming from us that enables God to be glorified through any good works done in His name. Jesus is the ‘light of the world’ and it’s not the strength of our light that’s important. It’s the strength of the light of Jesus that shines in and through us. It’s not our power which makes a difference, but the power of Jesus living through us. This is what makes all the difference as we go about being a faithful presence everywhere in this dark world. We glorify God by reflecting Jesus and living the way he would live.
I will be frank; excuses (pondered wrongly as ‘meaning’) ruled my life. I actually thought of them as ‘reasons.’ Thus, my reference to acts as excuses. As I have pondered The Word; it became crystal clear that I HAVE a REASON! I am here, no?
I could go on in Medical fact and point out reasons for not being here. That would take so very long. But, we are here! Reading and/or listening to this – you have a reason why you are right where you are.
A short while ago, it was pointed out that at the start of my College career I had the will to be a writer. It made me think, by God’s awesome grace I am sharing this now. Sharing is what I dreamt about in my coma. We have shared this enough times. But, I thought it a fact that the ‘dream’ was hours long.
It wasn’t. More like weeks.
On this note, you are where you are because you were meant to be.
I can share because by God’s grace I was given the gift of writing/of expression. This goes to back up my point that we are here for a reason.
Some may deny that vehemently. Cases of child abuse I will be asked. What and who do they become? Many times I have attempted to follow the line and each time, I am touched by fact:
I try not to advertise any programs, but they are actual and factual. We were placed where you are for a reason.
At times, you are the needed ingredients that calms a restless soul. You in that case were sent to do just what you did and more.
For a second, let us back up to conception. Thousands of spermatocytes, one (or more) ova. How does that EXACT sperm penetrate the ova and begin the life cycle?
Fertilization. (1) A process in sexual reproduction that involves the union of male (sperm) and female (ovum) gametes (each with a single, haploid set of chromosomes) to produce a diploid zygote.
We move rapidly through this process:
Limbs and facial features take shape. Around week 36 (usually), the process of laborbegins. In the first stage, dilation, hormones stimulate downward contractions of the uterine walls. The contractions push the head of the fetus against the cervix at the lowerend of the uterus.
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…”
Again; spirited argument and stated fact!
To back up the point I state, read the following:
For many without access, I will list a few:
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …
Now the Word of The Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace.
Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.
And now The Lord says, He who formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him; and that Israel might be gathered to Him— for I am honored in the eyes of The Lord, and my God has become my strength.
ALL this to drive home a point:
“For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.”
Read on and be fed:
I will point out fact that we tend to miss:
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
The manner in which the Israelites encamped during their march through the wilderness is described in Numbers 2 and 3. The order of the encampment (see CAMP) was preserved in the march ( Numbers 2:17 ), the signal for which was the blast of two silver trumpets. Detailed regulations affecting the camp for sanitary purposes are given ( Leviticus 4:11 Leviticus 4:12 ; 6:11 ; 8:17 ;Leviticus 10:4 Leviticus 10:5 ; 13:46 ; 14:3 ; Numbers 12:14Numbers 12:15 ; 31:19 ; Deuteronomy 23:10 Deuteronomy 23:12 ).
In the subsequent history of Israel frequent mention is made of their encampments in the time of war ( Judges 7:18 ; 1 Samuel 13:2 1 Samuel 13:3 1 Samuel 13:16 1 Samuel 13:23 ; 17:3 ; 29:1 ; 1 Samuel 30:9 1 Samuel 30:24 ). The temple was sometimes called “the camp of the Lord” ( 2 Chronicles 31:2 , RSV; Compare Psalms 78:28 ). The multitudes who flocked to David are styled “a great host (i.e., “camp;” Heb. mahaneh), like the host of God” ( 1 Chronicles 12:22 ).
We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses both physical and spiritual:
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Thus, we must glorify God in our all, Amen