If you haven’t opened your life to Christ, what are you waiting on?
Yes, we were created by God, but we were also created for God. Our ultimate goal is to show glory to God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including us. Everything created by God reflects his glory. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the gory of God.” (NIV)
God has revealed his glory to people in different ways. The clearest picture of God can be found in his Son, Jesus Christ. “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:1-3, NIV) Jesus came so that we could fully understand God’s glory. (John 1:14)
We owe him every honor we can give. He deserves all the glory because he made all things. It is a sin to not give Him glory. Loving anything else more than God. Prideful rebellion. This was Satan’s fall and will be our fall unless we change the way we see our purpose and everything He has given us.
Living for God’s glory is he greatest achievement. The Bible says, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:7, ESV) Giving God the glory should be our number one goal.
In his book The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren explains five purposes for the life of a Christian and here is a summary of those five things:
- Bring glory to God by getting to know and love him.
Worship. It is our responsibility to worship Him. This is more than going to a church service and singing a few songs. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying and loving God. It is giving ourselves to be used for His purposes while on earth. Worship should be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight – not duty. Everything you do should be an act of worship. “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” (Romans 6:13, ESV)
- Bring God glory by learning to love other Christians.
Fellowship. When you commit your life to Christ, you become part of the family God has created. You are adopted in. For better or for worse. God wants you to feel as if you belong too. God wants you to learn to love, and learn to love as He loves. It is essential to be connected to a local church body to help you grow in your understanding of the Word and in faith. He made us to need each other. (John 13:34-45)
- Bring God glory by becoming like Christ.
God wants us to grow spiritually mature. Becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act. You give more glory to God the more you develop Christlike character. “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT) He wants you to continue the process of changing your character to be more like Him with your remaining days on this earth.
- Bring glory to God by serving others.
We were all given certain talents to be able to serve better. Custom-designed. This is also your ministry. God wired everyone to have a ministry niche. It was no accident how each of us were wired. He didn’t give us abilities to be selfish with them or benefit self. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11, ESV)
- Bring God glory by telling others about him.
God doesn’t want to be kept a secret. We will have to change our priorities, schedules, relationships and much more to follow Christ and tell others about him. Sometimes we will have to choose a difficult path instead of an easier one. Even Jesus struggled with this (2 Corinthians 4:15).
The final question is this: Who are you going to live for – yourself or God? Right now, god is inviting you and me to live for his glory by fulfilling the purpose he made us for. “Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ.” If you have not already asked Christ to be your savior and made the commitment to follow him, here’s your chance. Pray with me: Lord, I believe in you and I receive you. Thank you for dying for me and paying for all my sins. I ask that you come into my life and help me to learn how to know you, trust you, and love you. Amen
If you sincerely meant that prayer, welcome to the family! Tell someone of your commitment and if you don’t already have a church home, start that search now. We want to be a good resource for you. If you don’t have anyone near that you can tell, tell us! We will do everything we can to put you in touch with a local church near you. You now have the purpose of glorifying God in everything you do.
Happy to have you as family,