By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples (Jn. 15:8 ESV)
As believers, we certainly must understand how to glorify God because the very purpose of the new creation in Christ is to glorify God. What a privilege this is! Your very life as a child of God is for the glory of God. But how do we glorify God?
The scriptures give us two fundamental means by which we can glorify God. The first one is very familiar to almost every believer. We glorify God in our words of praise, worship, and thanksgiving. The Psalmist said, “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me”(Ps. 50:23 ESV). There is power in our words, and when we offer those words as a sacrifice of praise to the Lord, they glorify Him.
However, the second method of glorifying God is not so well known though it is crucially linked to our eternal purpose in life. Jesus told us about this in John 15:8 above with the words “ by this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.” When you bear fruit, the fruit of the Spirit, you glorify God. Whenever you love people around you or live in joy, righteousness, peace, etc., you are bringing glory to the Lord. Why is this so? Because when you love those around you or live a holy life, people around you will see you and see God in you, which is the fundamental meaning behind glorifying God which is revealing who He is.
You can glorify God with your words. But more importantly, you should glorify God with your character and behavior.
What are some of the fruit of the Spirit you can bear? ( Gal. 5:22-23, Eph. 5:9). Declare that “I am fruitful in my Christian life and bringing glory to the Father every single day.”
APPLY THE WORD
You are born for God’s glory. You are the light to shine on the earth so that men would see your good works and give glory to the Father. So shine! ( Matt. 5:14-16).
Thank the Lord for the privilege of being made the light of the world to give Him glory.
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.
Scripture quotations marked ESV are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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