Day 07: The Reason for Everything [February 24, 2010]
Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. — Romans 11:36
The Lord has made everything for his own purposes.
It’s all for him.
The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything exists, including you. God made it all for his glory. Without God’s glory, there would be nothing.
What is the glory of God? It is who God is. It is the essence of his nature, the weight of his importance, the radiance of his splendor, the demonstration of his power, and the atmosphere of his presence. God’s glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities.
Where is the glory of God? Just look around. Everything created by God reflects his glory in some way. We see it everywhere, from the smallest microscopic form of life to the vast Milky Way, from sunsets and starts to storms and seasons. Creation reveals our Creator’s glory. In nature we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative. The Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God."
God’s glory is best seen in Jesus Christ. He, the Light of the world, illuminates God’s nature. Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about what God is really like. The Bible says, "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory." Jesus came to earth so we could fully understand God’s glory. "The word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory…a glory full of grace and truth."
HOW CAN I BRING GLORY TO GOD?
Jesus told the Father, "I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do." Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth. We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God.
We bring glory to God by worshiping him. Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying him. God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight, not duty. Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving him, and giving ourselves to be used for his purposes. When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship. The Bible says, "Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God."
We bring God glory by loving other believers. When you were born, you became a part of God’s family. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing; it also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God. John wrote, "Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life."
We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, he wants us to grow to spiritual maturity. What does that look like? Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act. The more you develop Christlike character, the more you will bring glory to God. The Bible says, "As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more."
We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills, and abilities The way you’re “wired” is not an accident. God didn’t give you your abilities for selfish purposes. They were given to benefit others, just as others were given abilities for your benefit. The Bible says, "God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you…Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory."
We bring God glory by telling others about him. God doesn’t want his live and purposes kept a secret. Once we know the truth, he expects us to share it with others. This is a great privilege - introducing others to Jesus, helping them discover their purpose, and preparing them from their eternal destiny.
WHAT WILL YOU LIVE FOR?
Living the rest of your life for the glory of God will require a change in your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one. Even Jesus struggled with this. Knowing he was about to be crucified, he cried out: "My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name."
Will you live for your own goals, comfort, and pleasure or will you live the rest of your life for God’s glory, knowing that he has promised eternal rewards?
It’s time to settle this issue. Who are you going to live for - yourself or God? You may hesitate, wondering whether you will have strength to live for God. Don’t worry. God will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for him. The Bible says, "Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God."
Right now, God is inviting you to live for his glory by fulfilling the purposes he made you for. Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ. If you are not sure you have done this, all you need to do is receive and believe. The Bible promises, "To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Will you accept God’s offer?
First, believe. Believe God loves you and made you for his purposes. Believe you’re not an accident. Believe you were made to last forever. Believe God has chosen you to have a relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Believe that no matter what you’ve done, God wants to forgive you.
Second, receive. Receive Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. Receive his forgiveness for your sins. Receive his Spirit, who will give you the power to fulfill your life purposes. The Bible says, "Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!" Wherever you are reading this, I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will chance your eternity: "Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you." Go ahead.
Day Seven Reflection
Point to Ponder: It’s all for him.
Verse to Remember: "For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory. — Romans 11:36
Question to Consider: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s glory?