We often talk about the importance of living for God’s glory but…
What does it really mean to glorify God?
And what are the best and right ways to do it?
Giving God glory has been defined as:
- praising and worshipping Him.
- highlighting His attributes and characteristics.
- lifting Him up in honor.
In John 12, Jesus said:
“Father, save me from this hour? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”John 12:27–28
Jesus said that His death would glorify God. But how?
The Greek root word [for glory] is doxa, which refers to brightness, beauty, and even fame. One helpful way to think of the word is to substitute the word spotlight. Jesus was consciously giving God, the Father, permission to spotlight himself through what would happen to Christ, God’s Son.Barton, B. B., Life Application Bible Commentary
What if the best way to glorify God is to simply trust and follow Him in obedience by following Jesus’ example.
Whatever He asks, commands, or allows . . . simply obeying Him for for His glory because we love Him.
Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.Isaiah 26:8
And the law we are to obey…
This is my command: Love each other.John 15:17
The best and right way to glorify God is to shine the light of His love because we trust Him.
A Prayer to Trust and Glorify God with Love
Father, thank you! Jesus showed us Your love and He showed us how to love and glorify You. I love you. I want to trust You with all that I am but I fall short so often. I am prone to self-focus and selfishness. I am easily annoyed and short on patience. I fret about the future and fail to notice the needs of my neighbors. Please forgive me.
Jesus said that Your commandments can be summed up in the word LOVE. Your commandments speak of loving You and loving others. Please help me live with humility. Give me the strength and courage to walk in faithfulness through whatever You allow. Help me praise and worship You in good times and bad. Help me shine the light of Your love into a world full of lies and confusion. Help me LOVE for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
We often see the image of a burning candle representing the light of God’s love. But what if His love shines more like a spotlight!
A spotlight brilliantly illuminates a person, object, or group on a stage. A spotlight draws attention to someone or something.
Jesus shines a spotlight on God’s love…
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.John 12:46
And when you and I follow His example . . . we focus on Jesus and shine the light of love. It’s something we can’t possibly do on our own but with His help . . . all things are possible.
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.1 John 4:16
Jesus allowed His life to spotlight God’s glory, so you and I can live in and reflect the LIGHT of His love!
On today’s note write…
I will glorify God by shining the light of His love.
May God bless you and shine His love on you and through you today and always.
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