GBL-9- A Life That Glorifies God
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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 9”
Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:7, “Everyone who is called by name,
whom I have created for my glory, I have formed him; yes, I have made
What a beautiful passage from the lips of Isaiah inspired by God that
shows that we are created for the glorification of our God.
You know, so many people wander through life without purpose,
without meaning, just take a lackadaisical approach to life, and have no
real direction or purpose-and yet the child of God is created by God to
glorify and honor his name in everything we say and do.
Today we're going to talk about that wonderful subject of what kind of
life is it that really brings glory and honor to God. Think about that life which
really brings honor and glory to almighty God. You see, that's what God
made us for. When I obey the gospel, when I became a Christian- I gave
my life to almighty God. I Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that
as many of you as were bought by the blood of Christ, they've obeyed the
gospel, that we belong to God, and that our body and our spirit are now
God's?” We've given our self over to God, and as a result, we want to make
sure that our life brings glory and honor to almighty God.
Paul would say it this way in I Corinthians 10:31, “Whether you eat or
whether you drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” The Lord
put it this way in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:16 Jesus said “Let
your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
As you really think about man's purpose and the meaning behind life,
Solomon brought it all to a grand conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12:13.” Let us
hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, keep His
commandments, for this is the whole duty of man, for God will bring every
work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
We want to think about, what can I do? We want to make this lesson
as practical to daily Christianity as we can. We want to ask ourselves, what
can we do on a daily, practical level? What can I do in my life that'll bring
glory and honor to the name of God?
We begin by showing that from the scriptures, if we're going to glorify
God; we need to live a life that has the main purpose of putting God first. I
want to remind you again of I Corinthians 10:31. Paul said, “Whether we
eat or whether we drink, even in things like unto that, whatever we do, do
all to the glory of God.” If my life and yours is going to bring honor to God,
I've got to live with purpose. I want to make sure that my purpose is to bring
God the glory and honor in everything that we say and do.
When you think about this idea, there are hosts of passages that
teach us about the dedication we need to have to really live with that
I'm reminded of one that Paul mentioned in Philippians 1:21. Paul
said, as it related to his life, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Do you think the life of the apostle Paul brought glory to God? Oh, you bet
it did. When he changed his way of living, when he obeyed the gospel,
when he suffered, when he preached in various places, as he went about
teaching the gospel, people could look at Paul and notice that change.
When they asked, ‘what is it that caused him to change?’ Jesus Christ is
always the answer they pointed to.
I'm reminded of Christ's words in Matthew 6:33. “Seek first,” there's
our purpose, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all
these things shall be added unto you.”
You know, as we live with purpose, we're living every day for the Lord
and Savior and not ourselves. Jesus said, “If any man desires to come after
me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” So friend,
as we get right down to the basics of glorifying God, it all starts by us
examining ourselves. Examine yourselves. Test yourselves to see whether
you're in the faith, 2 Corinthians 13:5, and making sure that every day our
purpose is to bring God the glory and the honor in everything that we do.
Too many times in this life, if we're not careful, man's pride can get in
the way. Men want others to look at them. ‘Look at the good I've done.
Look at what I've said.’ That’s not what it's about. We want God to be
honored through our lives and by our actions. We want people to look at us
and give God the glory, Matthew 5:16.
Another aspect that brings glory to God is when we're big enough to
own up to and confess sin in our life. In Joshua 7:19, Joshua is dealing with
sin that has plagued Israel. As a result, they're suffering defeats in battle.
As a result, calamity is coming upon the Israelites, and so they identify that
one man and his family has disobeyed God. As a result, he needs to
acknowledge this and come forward with that sin. Listen to Joshua 7:19.
Now, Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you.” Listen to this, “Give glory
to the God of Israel and make confession to him, and tell me now what you
have done. Do not hide it from me.” Achan's sin was affecting everybody.
The whole camp was feeling the consequences of that sin. People were
dying in battle. There was God's anger that was being unleashed on Israel
because this man disobeyed God. Notice again the words of Joshua. “My
son,” he said, “give glory to God and confess what you've done.”
Friend, when we own up to sin, when we confess it, when we
acknowledge it- we're bringing glory and honor to God's name, because
that's what God has told us to do.
Do you remember I John 1:7-9? John says, “If we walk in the light, as
he is in the light, as Jesus is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of his son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. If
we say we have no sin, we make him a liar, and the truth is not in us. But if
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all iniquity.”
Friend, God wants us to confess. The word confess means to lay
alongside of. God knows what we've done. He's not ignorant of that. “All
things are open and naked before the eyes of him with whom we must give
an account,” Hebrews 4:13. But then when we lay alongside of what God
already knows, we acknowledge our sin, we acknowledge the holiness and
the need for God to save us. James said it this way in James 5:16-17,
“Pray for one another. Confess your trespasses and sins to one another,
and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effect of fervent
prayer of a righteous man overcomes much.” Friend, I've got to
acknowledge, I've sinned. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of
God,” Romans 3:23. I've got to recognize and honor God for the fact that
only through His plan and His avenue can I be saved. Thank God that if
we're willing to repent and confess and acknowledge our sin, God is faithful
and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity.
Thirdly, we think about a life that glorifies God, one of the great ways
that we bring honor to God is by living a life of purity. I want you to notice
the words of I Peter 1:15 with me as we think about pure lives honoring
God. “But as he who called you is holy, be holy in all your conduct.” You
know, if I'm going to be like God, I'm going to imitate Christ, I Peter 2:21
and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, I Corinthians 11:1, then friend, I want
to try to be holy as God is holy. When I do that, I'm reflecting the holiness,
the majesty, and the power of almighty God in my life. When I obey the
gospel, that's what I promise to do, right? I Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul says,
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in
you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own.” What do you
mean, I'm not my own? “You were bought at a price. Therefore, glorify God
in your body and in your spirit, which are His.” As I strive to live with purity,
I'm not doing it for people to say, ‘look at me,’ or brag about it-that's not the
reason. As we strive to live pure, holy lives, we are reflecting the purity and
the holiness of God. Hebrews 12:14 says ‘Without holiness, no one can
see God.’ We want people to see God living in us. ‘Christ in you, the hope
of glory,’ as Colossians 1 will say. We want others to see that and realize
God is the motivation, the force, behind the holiness in each of our lives.
Another way that we glorify God on a practical level is by being
people of prayer. You know, prayer honors God. I want you to listen to the
words of Jesus in John chapter 14 as he thought about the subject of
prayer and how it brings honor and glory to God. Jesus said in John 14:13,
“Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, that the Father may be
glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” God is
glorified when we ask through Christ, through his Son, through the
mediator. Prayer is one of the great ways that we can honor and glorify
God. When we pray, we ought to mention and talk about the holiness of
God. What a privilege it is to come before the very throne of almighty God,
Hebrews 4:16. How unworthy we are to be in the presence of an awesome
God! Luke 17:10 Jesus said, “And you, when you've done all those things
commanded you, say, ‘I'm an unprofitable servant. I've only done that
which is my duty to do.’” Prayer brings honor to the name and the person of
Another way Christians bring glory to God is by living a life of
thankfulness. Listen to the words of 2 Corinthians 4:15 the scripture says,
‘for all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through many,
may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.’ As I acknowledge,
‘every good and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of
light, with whom there is no shadow of variation of turning,’ James 1:17, as
I thank God-I'm glorifying and honoring almighty God.
We celebrate every year the holiday called Thanksgiving where we're
made to think about all our gifts and blessings and the many blessings and
bountiful gifts we have in this life. That day specifically, we think about it
and we often thank God for those things. The Christian needs to be
thankful every day. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God for
you,” I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Luke 17 Jesus spoke about 10 lepers, and
all 10 of those the Lord healed. But then, here's what's interesting about
that story, of those 10 lepers that the Lord healed, one came back to say
thank you and gave glory to God. You know what Jesus's question was?
Where are the nine? Jesus wants us to bring honor to the name of God by
being thankful. When I think about everything I'm given in this life, as you
think about everything you have in your life, our home, the food we have,
the vehicles that we drive, our friends and our family and how blessed we
are-I need to take time to honor God by saying ‘thank you.’ God is the giver
of those gifts. He's the reason we have them. Without him, there would be
no blessings in this life. Ephesians 1:3, “all spiritual blessings are ours in
Christ Jesus.” Honoring God and glorifying Him by saying ‘thank you’ is a
big way to glorify Him in this life.
Another way that we glorify God is by suffering with courage. I Peter
4:16. Peter says, “If any man suffers as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed, but let him glorify God in this name.” The name Christian
automatically brings honor to God, but when we take that name Christian
and we live courageously, when we suffer for Christ, God and Christ are
glorified by our faithfulness in suffering- by our courage when it's tested,
when we have to suffer because someone looks down on Christians for
their moral standard, because we believe in God and the Bible that brings
honor to the name of God that we hold true to God, even in the midst of
that suffering. We have to face difficulty in life. We're tested. We face those
fiery trials like Jesus and the Bible writers spoke about. When I remain true
to God in the face of all that, when I don't throw in the towel, and when I
don't give up, people often ask the question, why? Why did he endure that?
Why did they not give up their belief system? Why did they not conform to
the moral standard that the world says is right? Then they're reminded,
their life is governed by God. The Bible is what they're being guided by,
and they are caused to give glory and honor to God through that, and our
lives show that.
Another way that we bring honor to the name of God is by growing
spiritually. The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:18, “but grow in the grace and
knowledge of your Lord and Savior.” I Peter 2:2, “as newborn babes, desire
the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” Just like a baby
when it's first born has to have milk has to have that precious milk to grow
by, Christians, when they obey the gospel and they began to get on that
spiritual diet, study the word of God, transform their life, Romans 12:2, turn
from the things they used to do, really live a life that is new and different,
and grow spiritually- that's a life that truly brings honor to God in every way.
Let me mention some other ways that Christians can glorify God in
their life. Spreading the gospel is one of the great ways that we can glorify
God. Listen to the request of Jesus. As Jesus stood with His disciples,
about to depart and ascend back to the Father, Jesus gave us this last
request. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature,”
Mark 16:15. Jesus says in Matthew 28:18 “go to all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Friend when we go out
to the world and we tell others about the remedy for sin, about the cross of
Jesus Christ, about the marvelous love of God, how much God loves you,
how he wants to save your soul, the great plan of salvation, the power of
the gospel, and all of it giving honor to God- Christians truly are praising the
name of God when they preach and spread the gospel.
Now here's another way that we also can bring honor to God in our
lives today, and that is by giving sacrificially. I want you to listen to a
passage in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. Paul said, “With this I say, he who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also
reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not
grudgingly or of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.” When we give
sacrificially, when we give to the work of God, when we give to the
congregation where we attend at as we are commanded on the first day of
the week, I Corinthians 16:1-2- we're honoring God through that gift. God
has given us so much. What a privilege it is and an honor it is to give back
to God and to the cause of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We want to
think about our giving and make sure that we're really giving in such a way
that it brings God honor. Sometimes we give God leftovers. An example in
the Bible in Malachi, where they were giving God the leftovers. God said,
‘no, you take that to the governor. You see if he would be satisfied with the
sick and the lame and the leftovers.’ God says, give me your best. That's
what God wants in each one of us every day in our lives, to make sure that
we're really living and doing the things that are right in the sight of God.
Another way that God is honored and glorified is the salvation that is
offered to mankind. Psalm 21:5 says this about God and His salvation, “His
glory is great in your salvation. Honor and majesty you have placed upon
him.” How is God glorified today? When men and women submit their lives
to the teaching of the gospel. When we transform our lives to obey the
gospel, friend, God is honored through that salvation. Salvation is only
available because of God, right? “God so loved the world, He gave His only
begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life.” “God wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge
of the truth,” I Timothy 2:4. “God's not slow concerning his promises as
some count slowness, but he's long-suffering, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Friend, God wants to be honored in our life through the salvation He
offers to us. That salvation is freely given through His Son Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:23, the Bible says “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We also mention today, as we've referenced earlier, that one of the
great ways that we can glorify God today is through shining the light of
Christ in our lives. In Matthew 5, as Jesus is giving the Sermon on the
Mount, He's just finished the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the poor. Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.” And then He says in
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your
good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
As I live my life every day, I'm not doing it to honor self. I'm not doing
it to shout my own praises or to trumpet my own good. That's not what
we're doing. As we live our life every day, to help those who are in need, to
spread the gospel, to live lives of holiness, to make ourselves a living
sacrifice for God every day- everything we're doing ought to point people
toward Jesus Christ. We often sing the song, “This Little Light of Mine, I'm
going to let it shine.” You know, how true that is. Every Christian is a light
and an influence. It has a drawing power and points people toward Jesus.
We ought to do my best every day to shine that light in such a way that
people can look to God. They can look to Christ. They can see that our
lives are unique and different. There's a joy and happiness and a peace
and a comfort that comes through being a child of God. They all walk away
and say, ‘I want a life like that. I want to live in such a way that I have those
qualities and characteristics in my life.’
Maybe today you're living a life that really doesn't glorify God. Maybe
your life has not been transformed to give it really to Christ. Why not do that
today? The greatest thing you could do to honor God today would be to
obey the gospel.
Are you a Christian? Have you obeyed the glorious gospel of Christ?
If not, why not do that today? The Bible plan of salvation, Jesus gave it. It is
so plain and so simple. Here it is. Jesus said 'if we're going to be saved,
we've got to believe in Him.' John 8:24 Jesus said, “Unless you believe I
am He, you'll surely die in your sins.” Do you believe that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of the living God? Are you willing to repent of sin in your life,
God now commands all men everywhere to repent. Jesus said,
‘unless you repent, you'll all likewise perish,’ Luke 13:3. Would you turn
from sin and turn to God? Would you confess the beautiful name of Jesus?
Jesus said, “If you won't confess me before men, neither will I confess you
before my Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 10:32-33. Would you to be
saved be baptized? Jesus said it this way. “He that believes and is baptized
will be saved,” Mark 16:16. Peter stood up on the great day of Pentecost
and said, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins.” If you'll do that, you've taken the first step
to making your life a life that glorifies God. If you walk in the light every day,
as Jesus is the light, you will reflect the glory and honor of God in your life.
Our hope and prayer is that each of us will live a life that truly glorifies
Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 9”
1. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, what were we bought with?
2. According to 1 Corinthians 10:31, how should we do all things?
3. Why should we let our light shine according to Matthew 5:16?
4. According to Ecclesiastes 12:13, what is the duty of man?
5. According to Matthew 6:33, what should we seek first?
6. If we seek the Kingdom first what will happen?
7. In Joshua 7:19, what needed to be confessed?
8. According to 1 John 1:7-9, what happens when we confess our sins?
9. What does Hebrews 4:13 say about things we do?
10. According to Psalm 21:5, how is God glorified?