Glorifying God in the Church


One of the greatest purposes and privileges of living as Christians is that we have the opportunity to glorify both God and Christ in the church.  We learn something of the nature of God in John Chapter Four when Jesus discusses worship with the Samaritan Woman.  The nature of the creator of all the world and all therein is that He seeketh true worshippers to worship Him (John 4:23-24).  God desires and deserves to be honored and adored by His creation.
The subject of worship runs parallel to the subject of glorifying God, and in some senses the words convey very similar thoughts.  To Glorify is “To elevate in honor; ascribe glory to; To Adore.”  There are things we do in every day life which glorify God, things which are not items of formal worship. For example, when one chooses to live a pure life he is glorifying God. There are also worship experiences such as prayer by which we worship and glorify God.
From the Old Testament writings to the end of the book of Revelation we learn that God is worthy of all the glory and honor. 1 Chronicles 16:28-29 (KJV) ²⁸ “Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. ²⁹Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
John, The Revelator wrote in Revelation 4:10-11 (KJV) ¹⁰ “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ¹¹Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Everything that Jesus did was consistent with his purpose of glorifying the father.  John 17:1, 4 (KJV) “¹These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: . . . ⁴I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
It’s interesting to note that in the story of the death of His friend, Lazarus, Jesus deliberately waited to appear in Bethany until Lazarus had slipped into death, for the express purpose of using this moment to bring Glory to God and in turn that the Son of God would be glorified thereby:  John 11:4 (KJV) ⁴“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
It is the purpose of all created beings to glorify God.  This is especially true of His Children – both personally and as His Church.  Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV) ²⁰ “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, ²¹Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”   Peter charges us to speak as the oracles of God and conduct our ministering in such manner “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever” (1 Peter 4:11).
May we consult God’s Word to determine the things that bring glory to His name, and then may we conduct ourselves in such manner that glorifies Him.  Paul admonishes us in Col. 3:16 to do all to the glory of God.  That must be our guiding purpose.

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