“Glorifying God – Your Highest Priority?”

Posted: January 23, 2015 in Christian Life, God's Will, Hell, Prayer

Questions. If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions: Why am I here? What is the purpose of my existence? Why did I wake up this morning to face another day? Why did God save me? When He saved me, why didn’t He take me immediately to Heaven to be with Himself? Why did God leave me here upon the earth for a time? For what purpose did God create me and for what purpose did God save me? God’s Word gives us the answer to these questions. “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For you created all things, And by You will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)  We glorify God when we make Him know to others as the Lord Jesus Christ glorified God the Father while He was here on earth (John 17:1ff). 

Purpose. Some folks within Christendom believe that God’s primary purpose is to save people from having to spend eternity in hell with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46). Consider what Pastor Pastor Carlton Helgerson wrote in his paper The Challenge of a New Religion. “Neo-evangelicalism professes to be most anxious to propagate the gospel. It claims that the chief purpose of God is the salvation of man. This is an error….This assumption is not only a mistake, it is a clever deception, for it places soteriology [the salvation of man] above everything else. It makes man, not God, the center of one’s theology. Every Bible student ought to know that the chief purpose in all that God does…is His glory! The humanistic element that places man’s salvation above the glory of God runs counter to what God has revealed. The salvation of souls is but one of the ways by which God is glorified. We must put His glory first. Any lesser motive, including reaching the lost, dishonors the Author of the written Word.

Concerns. If our primary concern is the salvation of the lost, then our whole approach is man-centered. If our primary concern is for the glory of God, then our whole outlook and emphasis will be God-centered. The failure to see the glory of God as God’s chief purpose has led to at least two serious errors of our day.*  (Click on the link below to learn more.)

Practice. Here are a few ways that we, as Christians, can glorify God.  As we live our lives from day to day we can/should glorify God as we –

Call upon Him in our times of trouble (Psalm 50:15; Philippians 4:6, 7; 1 Peter 5:7).

Praise and give thanks to Him always (Psalm 50:23; Hebrews 13:15, 16).

Exhibit God’s light and life before others (Matthew 5:16; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:8).

Communicate with God eight ways (John 14:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Abide (feel at ease) in Christ and bear much fruit (John 15:8).

Walk in (by means of) the Spirit (John 16:13-14; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16-25).

Display one mind with other believers (Romans 15:5-6; Ephesians 4:3-5).

Keep our bodies (the Holy Spirit’s temple) holy and pure (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:15, 16).

Eat, drink, or whatever we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Head home to be with the Lord forever (John 21:19; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10).

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(Portions adapted from “The Glory Of God and Evangelism” by George Zeller*)

* http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/mevangel/glryevan.htm

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