Summary of the Sermon by Pastor K Steven, at Bethany International Service, on Sunday, 19 November 2017.
A LIFE THAT GLORIFIES GOD
Everything that God has created has a purpose. We are God’s masterpiece, we are His workmanship created to declare His glory (Ephesians 2:10). As God’s priceless creation, we need to find the purposes and the will of God so that our life can be fulfilling.
“Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7
Practical ways we can glorify God -
1. By Confessing our Sin
When we confess it means to agree with God that sin is our fault and we are willing to repent. This act glorifies God. We don’t have to beg God for forgiveness, we just have to confess our wrong doings and God will forgive us (1 John 1:9). The Holy Spirit convicts our conscience to cleanse you and I. Adam did not confess his sin to God but instead he downgraded the holiness of God when he blamed God (Genesis 3:12). We should be quick to be open for correction and confess our sins to God if we have done wrong.
2. By Bearing Fruit, to Please Him in all Aspects of our Life (John 15:8)
This world is in chaos and deprived of true love. People should see our good works and unbelievers will be drawn to Jesus Christ. Our works should motivate unbelievers to notice that there is a God who loves them. Unbelievers should be drawn towards Christ through our fruitful life. Apostle Paul exhorts us, “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Colossians 1:10)
3. By Giving Praise to God (Psalm 50:23)
One way to praise God is to give Him credit for everything. In 2 Sam 12:26-31, we see that Joab attacked Rabbah and took control of its water supply. He could have captured Rabbah and claimed it for himself. But he gave it to David instead to conquer and claim the crown. We need to learn to give glory to God for every blessing or good thing that has happened to us. No matter how successful we are, if it is not for His hands, we would not have achieved the success. Give importance to a time of worship. Be grateful for everything that He has given us - the best for us. Let us not forget that we have everything because of the grace of God. Praise and worship is our opportunity to exalt God from our thankful heart. Praise honours God.
4. By Being Content
When we are content we acknowledge His sovereignty in our lives. Those of us who love God, everything will turn out well, to those who are called according to His purpose. The grace of God will sustain us even in difficulties. Discontentment does not bring a good testimony, knowing that our lot is God alone. In Acts 3:6, a beggar, who was crippled from birth, experienced healing from God because of his faith. What we need to know is that God will never fail us. This crippled beggar never gave up on himself because He knows that Jesus Christ is his life policy. God has His own timing and He makes everything beautiful in His time. You and I are individuals before God. Today we live in a world of discontentment, a world of materialism. Stay put and never give up on our faith. God will take care of our needs, so let us be content and grateful with our portions. God will supply all our needs (Philippians 4: 19), not our greed.
5. By Proclaiming God’s Word (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
You and I are ambassadors, the very representatives of Christ on the face of this earth. Be careful with our mouth, and avoid using coarse and vulgar language. Every area of our life must reflect the character of Christ. The Word of God is a two-edged sword. Wherever we go, our life should be a testimony to unbelievers. The Holy Spirit is living in us and we need to be careful with our life so that our life can bring glory to God. When we lead others to God, it glorifies Him.
6. Pray According to God’s Will (John 14:13)
The very name of Jesus Christ is incomparable. Many of our prayers never get answered because what we ask for is out of God’s will. If there is a need, immediately bring it before God personally before we ask our brothers and sisters to support us in prayers. Many times, we have greater faith in the prayer of others and get them to pray for us before even talking to God. Seek first the Kingdom of God, talk to God first before we ask our fellow believers to pray with us.
God never forgets us, though people around us may even forget. God knows our short comings but His mercies will never end. Our God is always bigger than our problems. Our God can always meet us wherever we are. Let our life glorify God even in this world where we will have tribulations. We are created to bring glory to God’s name.