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Sunday, July 9, 2017 am

Glorifying God

     The word “glorify” means to recognize, honor or praise. Typically it is with greater emphasis, such as to magnify.  BDAG defines the word as “to influence one’s opinion about another so as to enhance the latter’s reputation.  As Christians, we are called upon to glorify God.  He is truly worthy of such in our lives.  But how do we glorify Him?  In this lesson we want to notice some ways scripture says we do this. 

 I.                     In our worship

a.       The very idea of our worship is to bring adoration and praise to Him.  Every act of worship He has given us is designed to glorify Him.  John 4:24 – we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

b.       In studying the subject of worship we learn that it is about Him and not us.   Our worship is to be directed TOWARD Him.  While we are edified in our worship, it is primarily about Him.   And that means we worship Him AS he gives us instructions – 1 Corinthians 14:15, (cf. Matthew 15:8-9 – vain worship is the doctrines and commandments of men).

c.        And it is to be with due reverence. In prayer – Matthew 6:9 – “Hallowed be Your name”

d.       Hebrews 13:15 speaks of our continually offering the “sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

 II.                   By our example

a.       Matthew 5:16 – by letting our light shine (example to others)

b.       1 Peter 2:12 notes that honorable conduct among the Gentiles causes them to glorify God by the good works they observe in you.

c.        Be reminded that people are more likely to won by what they observe than by what you say.  In fact, your words are given credibility when you are living by them. 

 III.                 With pure living –

a.       1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – Paul reminds us that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in us.  We belong to Him.  This is a context dealing with avoiding sexual immorality, an example of living a pure life.  VS. 20 tells us, For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.   We belong to Him and we need to keep our bodies, “His temple”, pure.

b.       Associated with the example we set for others is our purity of life.  By purity of life, we mean a life that is unpolluted and undiluted by the world.  People need to see our purity.

c.        But our purity is more than just our actions before others.  It is our hearts from which our words and actions spring (cf. Matthew 12:33-35).  Matthew 5:8 – it is the pure in heart who shall see God.  

d.       1 John 3:3 tells us that “everyone who has this hope in Him purifies Himself just as He is pure.”

 IV.                 By bearing much fruit

a.       John 15:8 – By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
In a context (1-11) where Jesus describes Himself as the vine, and we are the branches (vs. 5), Jesus is emphasizing that being a disciple is one who is producing fruit.

b.       Fruit is the PRODUCT of something (hence the word, “produce”).   We are reminded that we bear fruit in many ways – by winning souls, by personal spiritual growth (knowledge, faith, reaching toward maturity, etc.), by doing good things for others (and thereby making their lives a little better), through a repentant life (cf. Matthew 3:8), holiness of life (Romans 6:22), and let us not forget Galatians 5:22-23 – the fruit of the Spirit.

c.        When we are bearing fruit, God is glorified.

 V.                   By obeying Him with our all.

a.       There is no better way to glorify God than by doing what He tells us to do AND by doing it the way He tells us to.

b.       Even Jesus, when He prayed to the Father, said he had glorified Him.  How?  By doing the work He had been entrusted with (John 17:4). 

c.        1 Peter 4:11 – If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 VI.                 By being willing to suffer for Him

a.       Living the life of a Christian is not easy.  In fact, we are told that it comes with a high price.  That price might involve suffering persecutions, or in other ways, for Him.   Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:12 that all who desire to live godly will suffer persecutions.  (If our life in Him is without any conflict, maybe we need to at least visit this thought)

b.       1 Peter 4:12-16 – in a book that is dealing with submission and suffering, Peter tells us not to “think it strange that we face fiery trials. In vs. 14 he notes that if we are reproached for the name of Christ and endure it the spirit of glory and of God rests upon us.  On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.   Then in vs. 16 we read, Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.

c.        Romans 8:18 whatever we endure in this life is not worthy to be compared to the glory to be revealed in us.

 VII.               To Him be glory in the church by Christ.  

a.       Ephesians 3:21, Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  

b.       We have been studying in great detail what the church is.  We have noted it is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23) and that it was part of God’s plan from eternity, and a manifestation of His wisdom (Ephesians 3:10-11).  We have also noted that the local congregation is a gathering of Christians who join together in a given location to do His work.  The book of Ephesians deals with some of that work.  WHEN we do the work He has given us in the way He has prescribed, we are bringing glory to Him in the church by Christ Jesus. 

c.        This includes the unity with which we worship and serve Him.   - Romans 15:6 – Paul spoke of how we, with one mind and one mouth we glorify God.

 In summary, we glorify God by being the Christian we ought to be in all things and at all times.   1 Corinthians 10:31 says, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Far too many today seek glory in the wrong things – in themselves, in some cause or in someone else.  As Christians, our glory must be in Him.  As Paul told the Corinthians, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31). 

2 Thessalonians 1:10, tells us there is a day when He will come to be glorified with His saints.  On that day, which side will we be on?  Give God the glory in your life today that you may spend eternity with Him.