Glorify God 1 Cor. 10:31 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The Bible is clear on this subject. Christians are definitely to glorify God. We are to give God the Glory due his name. 1 Cor 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” See also 1 Cor 6:19-20. We bring glory to God:
By doing his will – 2 Thes 1:11-12, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Matt 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” God is glorified when he performs his will in our lives through his provision. Through God’s goodness, faith and grace that are given to you, you can find God’s will and do it for his glory. You should ask the Lord specifically what it is he wants you to do for him and then do it, by his grace, that he may be glorified.
By praying – John 14:13, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” God is glorified when he answers our prayers. So, develop a good list of prayer requests and pray for God to answer them. When he does, thank God and praise him for his answers.
By bearing fruit – John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” When you first get saved, you are a tender branch incapable of bearing much fruit. However, the Lord purges you and cares for you until you strengthen and then you can bear much fruit. The fruit he’s looking for is the fruit of his word, the fruit of his righteousness and the fruit of his Spirit. And when he sees this fruit, he is glorified, because his fruit is unlike anything else this world has to offer. When you bear all that fruit, you will likewise see more branches added to the vine through the word of God that you sow.
By uniting in the body – Rom 15:6, “That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” See Eph 4:2-3. The Lord’s desire is for us to be likeminded and of one accord. Division in the body does not glorify God. It wrecks the work of God. Unity, on the other hand, does glorify God.
By ministering the word – 1 Pet 4:11, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.” God is glorified when you are able to answer the need of another person with the words of God. So, spend plenty of time in the Bible and be ready to give an answer from the Lord to those who ask counsel of you.
By giving – 2 Cor 9:13, “Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men.” God is glorified when the needs of his saints are met by the giving of other of his saints. The recipient glorifies God with many thanksgivings when their need is met and we glorify God when we receive their thank you and know that God has used us to meet their need. What a blessing.
Conclusion: In everything you do, whether it seems good to you personally or not, glorify God. And realize that some of these things take time to develop in your life. So, don’t be impatient. And if you want to start glorifying God immediately, start giving now. You can be used by the Lord today to bring glory to him by helping missionaries, for instance.