Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Glorifying God"

"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee."  John 17:1

If glorifying God is not your greatest desire, then you need to recheck your profession of Christianity.  We were made to glorify God.  The greatest way we do this is by receiving Jesus as our Savior and following Him as Lord. 

Once we come to God through Christ, glorifying God isn't something that we just sing about, it isn't something that we just do during worship service, it is our daily lifestyle.  Our lives should daily be to the praise and honor of God.  His glory should be revealed in us through our attitude, our actions, our reactions, our conduct, our morals and in the things we say. 

How does God get glory from our lives?  How do we glorify Him?  The more Christ Jesus is seen in us, the greater glory God receives.  This happens, as we have already said, first by receiving Jesus into your life as Savior.  Then it happens as we decrease and allow Him to increase-- give Him full control.  "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30)  It happens as we die to self (self-will, self-desire, self-ambition, self-centeredness) and become living sacrifices to Him.  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)  It happens as we give ourselves totally to Him and surrender to His will.  "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  (Galatians 2:20)  It happens as we allow the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ.  "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)

Jesus glorified the Father in all that He did while He was on earth.  He continues to glorify the Father on earth today through those of us who put our faith and trust in Him and let Him live through us.

Have a great day.  The more Jesus is seen in us, the more glory the Heavenly Father receives from our lives.   

For further reading:
Ephesians 1:6,12
Galatians 1:27
John 17:10

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