I remember the first time I read Charles Sheldon’s book, In His Steps.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.2 Peter 2:21
The Holy Spirit used seven words…
“That you should follow in His steps.”
A simple phrase inspired a group of people to ask a question.
What would Jesus do?
And lives were changed … their lives and the lives of people around them.
Because they quickly learned that a question like “What would Jesus do?” is easy to ask but not easy to consistently apply. You see, before someone can do what Jesus would do they have to KNOW what Jesus would do.
Which is something I’ve been thinking a lot about this year.
I’ve wondered if #WWJD has become an easy phrase to use to tell other people what they should be doing and saying rather than being a personal commitment to actually knowing, loving, and obeying Jesus.
When I hear someone proclaim that Jesus wants people to affirm something that clearly goes against God’s Word, I fear that a phrase like “What would Jesus do?” has lost a bit of its significance for a few of the people who use it.
So, earlier this year, I started asking myself a new question…
What would give God glory?
Based on the verse…
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
And I’ve discovered this is a question that has the power to change lives. Well, at least it’s changed mine.
Before I explain that, I want to take a minute to explain what I believe it means to do everything for the glory of God.
Paul Tripp defines glory in this way…
Glory isn’t a part of God; it’s all that God is. Every aspect of who God is and every part of what God does is glorious. But even that’s not enough of a description. Not only is He glorious in every way, but His very glory is glorious!
God’s glory encompasses the greatness, beauty, and perfection of all that He is.
If the intent of my life is to live for God’s glory … then everything I do and say needs to point others to want to know Him – know the greatness, beauty, and perfection of all that He is.
So, asking the question, “What would give God glory?” causes me to stop and pause and think before I speak or act.
Before I do or say anything, I want to pause and ask #WWGGG.
- Before I respond to an unkind comment … #WWGGG.
- Before I post something online …#WWGGG.
- Before I make a purchase … #WWGGG.
- Before I choose a TV show, movie, or book … #WWGGG.
- Before I eat … #WWGGG.
- Before __________ … #WWGGG.
What would give God glory in my life? And I invite you to ask, “What would give God glory?” in yours.
Like #WWJD, we first have to know what God says gives Him glory rather than trying to make things up on our own. So let’s do a little digging…
Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:16 (HCSB)
Our kindness, compassion, care, and concern … our love for others gives God glory.
God bought you with a great price. So honor God with your body. You belong to Him.1 Corinthians 6:20 (NLV)
Caring for our own bodies physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually gives God glory.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2
Discerning God’s will and following it gives God glory.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,Psalm 50:14–15
and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble,
and I will rescue you,
and you will give me glory.”
Thankfulness and praise give God glory.
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.Ephesians 4:32
Forgiving others because God has forgiven you and me gives God glory.
“If you love me, obey my commandments.”John 4:15
Obedience shows our love for God and gives Him glory.
I worship and praise Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness; for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.Psalm 138:2
When you and I worship and praise God we give Him glory.
But why is it important? Why does it matter?
Why does my signature line say – By His grace and for His glory?
Because I believe it’s why I was created…
Bring all who claim me as their God,
for I have made them for my glory.
It was I who created them.
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,Isaiah 43:7 and Revelation 4:11
to receive glory and honor and power.
For You created all things,
and they exist because
You created what You pleased.”
You and I were created for God’s pleasure and His glory! It’s the very reason we are here.
So, are you ready?
Let’s start by making a commitment to stop and pause and ask … “What would give God glory?”
Then let’s invite our friends and family to join us.
Who knows … maybe we could start a movement that could not only change our lives but one that would change the lives of people everywhere.
Let’s make #WWGGG a way of life for those who love and follow Jesus. Because the truth is … if you and I want to do what Jesus would do, we need to live for God’s glory. That’s what Jesus did!
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,Psalm 115:1
but to Your name goes all the glory
for Your unfailing love and faithfulness.
If you’re in let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to hear from you!
And if you’d like to join a community of people who are committing to ask themselves #WWGGG as they live each day for Him – click here.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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