Yesterday, we began to explore what it means to display God’s glory.
Read Romans 12:1-2
What is our spiritual act of worship to the Lord?
The answer: Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices. We glorify God by (1) not conforming to the world around us and (2) by constantly having our minds renewed by His Word.
What does it mean to be a “living sacrifice?” The word “sacrifice” usually conjures up images of something being dead, not living. Paul means that we are to live in such a way that our actions, our minds, our words, our attitudes, and our desires are not to please ourselves, but to please the Father.
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31
How much clearer can the Scriptures be? In everything we do, we are to give glory to God.
In how you handle your checkbook? In how you talk to your spouse and children? In how you handle your business affairs? Here’s a hard one for me—in how you drive? In how you play sports? In how you do your school work? In how, you treat the person at the fast food counter when they get your order wrong? In what you watch, surf, click, and listen to?
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The Scripture is very clear that glorifying Christ is a comprehensive way of life that is centered in Him as your supreme Treasure.
So practically, what does it mean to display God’s glory?
At its core it means that we live a lifestyle of worship where we see Jesus as supremely valuable and live our lives to please Him.
First of all this means that worship is not an event that occurs for 2 hours on Sunday morning, but is a lifestyle that is 24-7.
We are really good at compartmentalizing our lives and tacking Jesus as an add-on. He’s like a lucky charm we put in our back pocket and pull it out when we really need Him to perform on demand. Yet, do we view Jesus as our very life itself?
Colossians 3:3-4 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Is Jesus your life? Are you living in a way that brings weight and honor and glory to Jesus? Are you pleasing Him? Is He your very life?
I’m afraid that for many of us, displaying God’s glory is relegated to something we do on Sundays out of habit or duty, but really does not affect the real choices we make on a daily basis throughout the week.
Is your life a 24-7 sacrifice of worship where you desire to display God’s glory? Do you see your ultimate aim to please God?
2 Corinthians 5:9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
Spend some time in prayer asking the Lord to search your heart and to reveal to you areas where you are not pleasing Him in all things.