May 19th 2010

Give God The Glory

“For everything comes from God alone.  Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory….”

Romans 11:36 (LB) 

The Introduction to Genesis in the Message Bible says:  “First is God.  God is the subject of life.  God is foundational for living.  If we don’t have a sense of the primacy of God we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right.  Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends.  God at the centre and circumference; God first and last.  God, God, God.” 

From that it is obvious we are made for the purpose of praising God and giving Him glory and honour.  But we all fall short because the Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23 NLT). 

God’s creation reflects his glory in many ways.  King David said the heavens declare the glory of God, and Psalm 50:23 (NKJV) says whoever offers praise to God glorifies him. 

We see the greatest reflection of God’s glory in Jesus Christ:  “…we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”  (John 1:14 NLT). 

Isaiah 43:7 (NLT) tells us, “Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory.  It was I who created them.” 

So how do we bring glory to God?  1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV) tells us, “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV), and “Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.” (1 Peter 4:16 NKJV). 

Our purpose should be to show the glory of God in human life, and “When Christ who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” (Colossians 3:4 NLT). 

As the hymn says:  “To God be the glory, great things He has done.” 

Prayer

Thank you so much, Father, for showing us that you are the foundation and centre for living.  All glory and honour to your name forever.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman

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