Do We Glorify God?

I have a very good friend who answers any question about purpose in Christian life by saying that we must glorify God.  I agree with him entirely, but I really don’t like the answer.  This is not because I disagree with it, it’s because it doesn’t seem explicit enough to me.  Really, it isn’t explicit at all!

What can we do to glorify God? It doesn’t seem to me that just saying it gets the job done.  My friend naturally knows that as well…

It is easy to figure out what behaviors do not glorify God, and to put it in the most simple way, we do not glorify God when we behave badly.  Truthfully, sometimes we don’t glorify God when we behave well either.  Here are some things that always glorify Him.  This is not intended as an exhaustive list, and it is in no particular order.  I’m sure you can add some things to it…

We glorify God when we:

Praise His name

Give to His Kingdom sacrificially

Serve others in His name

Don’t worry about who gets credit for our service

Put the interests of others ahead of our own

Preach the Gospel to those who need to hear it

Work to make disciples

Love our neighbor as ourselves

Are merciful, gentle and kind

Deny self

Do what Jesus has commanded us to do

Pray without ceasing

Do all of the above without seeking anything in return

Again, I’m sure you can add to the list, but at least the concept is a little more clear!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to Do We Glorify God?

  1. novusanima says:

    Sometimes it’s interesting to hear what the Holy Spirit will put in your heart to Glorify God, and I believe part of Glorifying Him comes with staying in close contact with Him, Always. Thanks for your post, Don; you made some excellent points to remind us of this most important thing . . .
    Blessings and Peace in Christ, Novusanima

  2. cathyrocks says:

    I believe everyday I hvae an opportunity to Glorify God, but free will gets in the way. I know today without reading your blog… I’d be free willing it all over the place. God bless.

  3. Men of Mud says:

    Very nice.

  4. Thank you for giving a more explicit description on how to glorify God!

  5. Pingback: How to glorify God in your work « cinhosa

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