Skip to main content

Glorify God

I have glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do.  Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed...

...I ask for them.  I am not praying for the world but for those You have given Me, because they are Yours.  Everything I have is Yours and everything You have is Mine, and I have been glorified in them...

...I have given them the glory You have given Me.  May they be one as We are one.  I am in them and You are in Me.  May they be completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.  Father, I desire those You have given Me to be with Me where I am.  Then they will see My glory, which You have given Me because You loved Me before the world's foundation.
-John 17:4-5, 9-10, and 22-24

The gospel message is that Jesus saves and you now get to live in him.

Are you glorifying God with your life and are you doing the work God has given you to do?  Did you know that the good news, the gospel message, is that Jesus saves and you now get to live in him?(1) We need to get the first part and we want everyone to get it and be saved.  But, maybe we neglect the second part, which is the good news that we now get to live in Christ. 

That is what the Christian is, saved and alive.

Everything we do is for God's glory.

Giving glory to God means that your life points to God.  How you behave, how you talk, how you live, and how you love; all give glory to God.  Everything we do is for God's glory(2). 

God is a 24-7 God.  Heaven is always awake.  So, what I do and how I think and what I say, all the time is for God's glory. 

I can take a nap or get a good night's sleep for the glory of God.  I can cook meals and clean up for the glory of God.  I also can glorify God in how I drive my car and how I shop and treat other shoppers. 

I glorify God with what I do when I'm alone.  God is glorious and I am always either giving God glory, pointing to God; or not.  God is glorious and giving glory to God is the natural way of life for the children of God, lived out by Jesus and now lived out by people who are in Christ.

Saved unto good works.
I have glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave Me to do.
Jesus finished the work that God gave him to do, but what is the work that God has given you to do?
The work that God gives us to do are not works that save us but works we do because we are saved:
Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. -Eph. 2:8-10, MSG
We are saved to do good works!  We are saved to participate in the glory of God (3).  We are inviting and including people who don't yet know God, to be introduced to Christ.  We are saved to be one with God, to work with God, and to go and make learners (disciples)(4).

-This post was first published in 2013.  I did make some minor changes.

1. 1 John 4:9-10, " This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him.  This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins."

2. 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory."

3. Habakkuk 2:14, "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD's glory, as the waters cover the sea."; 2 Corinthians 3:18, "We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit."

4. Matthew 28:19, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Popular posts from this blog

The Two Disciples and The Two Donkeys

When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus gave two disciples a task.  He said to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter, you will find a donkey tied up and a colt with it. Untie them and bring them to me.  If anybody says anything to you, say that the Lord needs it.” He sent them off right away.  Now this happened to fulfill what the prophet said,  Say to Daughter Zion, “Look, your king is coming to you, humble and riding on a donkey, and on a colt the donkey’s offspring.”  The disciples went and did just as Jesus had ordered them.  They brought the donkey and the colt and laid their clothes on them. Then he sat on them.
-Matthew 21:1-7

On what we call Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. But, he had two disciples get two donkeys: a mother donkey and her colt. Jesus rode the young male who had never been ridden before. In his carefulness and perhaps kindness towards these two donkeys, he had th…

Teaching vs. Indoctrination

As usual, Paul went to the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures.
-Acts 17:2

There is a difference between teaching and indoctrination.  Education is not indoctrination.  But some secular and christian education is indoctrination masquerading as education.

If you are a teacher, whether you homeschool your children, teach at the pro level or you teach in your church; it is good to know this difference between indoctrination and true teaching.  Many people are indoctrinated today, rather than taught.

What you might notice, is that when you preach, whether you preach to a crowd or a few, it is easy to be an indoctrinator rather than a true teacher.  True teachers ask people questions and expect them to challenge and debate them.


Sharing ideas and conceptsTeaching is absorbed and integrated into one's own lifeConcepts or ideas are questioned and debatedMaterial is reflected uponStudents summarize back what's being learnedStudents thin…

God's Secret, Hidden People

(The children) of Elam 1,254.  -Ezra 2:7

Do you feel hidden?

The name Elam means secret or hidden.  Do you feel like you are on the shelf, not being used by God?  Maybe you are part of God's secret agents.

God has people who are in secret.

I have this idea that God has His attention on secret people.   I believe that God has rewards for secret people coming.  You may feel on the shelf, but you are actually hidden for a special purpose.  God has you in reserve.

The number one thousand, two-hundred, and fifty-four; tells us God's plan for his hidden, secret, and in reserve children

One thousand speaks of recompense.

Recompense means that you will be compensated or made amends to, due to harm or loss you suffered. In Genesis 20:16 is the story of Abimelech recompensing Abraham and Sarah.

Two speaks of fellowship, partnership, and co-laboring (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

There are hidden people who have felt like they are "going it alone", who are about to be joined by someone.  …