The life of the righteous glorifies God, because He directs entire generations and frees them from curses. The Lord will remember the righteous until the end of time, and He is worthy of all glory. Glorify God in all your deeds - but do you know how to do this? Is it enough to do this only in verbal form? Not! God's will and His plan can be realized in the life of each of us. Our task is to bring the good news to the rest.
- 1 Accept the good news. Go into the world, beyond your comfort zone, and bring the gospel to each person, so you glorify God.
- 2 Exalt God. Praise Him in the highest. Praise Him. Magnify his dignity, honor and glory. We extol Jesus today, glorifying His name, His personality, and His deeds, mercy, glory, and all that He is, and this is eternal! Jesus said: “When I am lifted up, all of humanity will turn to me.”
- 3 Bow to Him. “Come, bow down, and kneel down, kneel before the Lord our Creator.” (Psalm 94: 6)
- 4 Worship the Father in spirit and truth (not just words and deeds). “For the Father seeks such worshipers unto himself.” (John 4:23)
“Your statutes were my songs in the place of my wanderings. At night I remembered Your name, Lord, and kept Thy law. ”(Psalm 119: 54-55) I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, as I loved you, so you love one another.
- 1 Give the Lord the glory of His name; bear gifts when you go into His courts.
- 2 Fear (honor) Him, in all your ways, and worship Him in purity and holiness. (Psalm 95: 8-9) In Hebrew, the word “fear” meant “reverence,” but over time this word in our language acquired the classical meaning of “fear,” that is, a feeling of fear. A God who wants you to find peace and refuge in Him will never want you to fear Him (2 Samuel 22: 3, Matthew 11:28, Psalm 110: 10).
- He is Indestructible: the unchanging, invincible Conqueror and master of soul salvation, who are called to repentance.
- He is the Healer: “But He was wounded for our sins and tormented for our iniquities, the punishment of our world was on Him, and with His stripes we were healed.” (Isaiah 53: 5)
- He is the First and the Last: the beginning and the end, the creator and guardian of your soul!
- He is the Creator: of the whole universe and God of all times, He always was, He always is, and always will be.
- 3 Praise him. Armies cannot defeat Him, science cannot explain Him, leaders cannot ignore Him! God is the Father of all creation, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
- 4 Know Him in all your ways, the New Age religion cannot replace Him, and no one can ever comprehend Him! Thus, give all glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in all things, good and bad, big and small.
- 5 Live according to God's plan. The Lord is the One who gives shelter to the righteous and appreciates them. He does not take his eyes off them for a single second. His plan is always the best for his followers.
- 6 Do not be lazy, do everything as for the Lord, and glorify him. Jesus said: “since you did this to one of these smaller My brothers, you did to Me.” Strengthen one another.
- 7 Love others, especially close Christians. Love for one's neighbor will show how true your faith is. Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love among yourselves.”
- 8 Testify that Jesus saves and God is eternal - He is out of time. He has no beginning and no end.
- 9 Be happy. God is glorified when you are comforted only by Him.
Kenneth Hagin Jr.
Although God does not really need anyone to show Him in a good light, believers must show the world that God is good. Our words and deeds determine how He looks. Thinking about this places a great responsibility on us.
The apostle Paul said: “So, whether you eat, drink, or do what you do, do everything to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). In other words, we need to glorify God in everything we do!
But what does it mean to glorify God? The Greek definition of the word “glorify” means “to exalt”, “to praise”, “to exalt”. When we glorify God, we represent Him better than people ever thought of Him! We glorify God by reflecting His goodness, because He is Good!
Many Christians think that glorifying God is simply going to church and raising their hands in praise and worship. But this is only part of it. If that’s all you do, this is the only time that you reflect God's goodness. People who worship God in the church already know how good He is! However, people outside the church — those who live on the same site with you or those with whom you work — they need to see God's goodness.
“Beloved ones, I ask you, as aliens and wanderers, to move away from the carnal lusts that rise against the soul, and to lead a virtuous life between the Gentiles, so that they curse you as villains, seeing your good deeds, glorify God on the day of your visit. So be submissive to all human rule, for the Lord: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, to the rulers, how to be sent from him to punish criminals and to encourage those who do good, for such is God's will that we, when doing good, block the mouth of the ignorance of the insane l Dei - as free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God "(1Pet.2: 11-16).
It follows from this passage of Scripture that when we live a holy life in full view of the unsaved, they will come to glorify God! Now let's look at verse 17 because it opens up some practical ways to glorify God and reflect His goodness!
“Honor everyone, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king” (1 Pet. 2:17). According to this passage of Scripture, we can glorify God by honoring all. This means that we must show respect for the people around us. An easy way to do this is to be a good neighbor. In the world we live in, most people do not know their neighbors at all, and all the more so do not show a good attitude towards them.
For example, you tear out weeds in your garden, and you do not have a fence that would separate your garden from the neighboring one. And you are careful not to cross the invisible line dividing your sections. But nothing terrible would have happened if you had helped your neighbor a little. This is one example of how to be a good neighbor.
Human nature is characterized by hatred and selfishness, while the heart and spirit of a person are characterized by love and giving. And these two forces always fight against each other.
Let me explain what I mean. If someone has offended you, your spiritual person wants to show love and let the world see that the Lord is truly good. Your heart says: “So in all that you want people to do with you, so do you with them.” But carnal nature says: "Take everything to yourself when you can and take it away, until others are ahead of you." That is why it is not always easy to walk in love with others. However, we can do it!
Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love among yourselves” (John 13:35).
This does not mean that we should love human sin. We should not love the bad things that people do, but we must love people.
I want you to learn something here. Love is not a feeling. Love is an action that produces a feeling. If you really love someone, you will show him that. You do not just say, "I love you." We tell the world that God loves them, but these are just words. We need to show that the Lord loves them through our actions.
A good illustration of love in action is the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37). Interestingly, nothing is said about what the Samaritan felt. All attention is focused on what he was doing. You see, how you feel in a situation is not as important as what you do. As a Christian, everything you do must be in accordance with God's Word, because it is your actions that will show God in a good or bad light.
Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mat.22: 39). The apostle Peter commanded us all to honor (1 Pet. 2:17). But none of them talked about how we should feel. It had nothing to do with feelings.
They talked about action. According to the Word of God, we must treat our friends with love, dignity, and respect - no matter what we feel. We do not walk according to our feelings - we walk by faith.
Peter also said that we glorify God by loving the brotherhood of believers (v. 17). This does not mean that we should love only those who believe in speaking other languages or accept healing. To love the brotherhood of believers is to show reverence and respect to all who were saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, regardless of beliefs.
We must have the same attitude towards humanity as God. God loves everyone. He is not respectable (Acts 10:34). But for one reason or another, if a person does not believe in the same way as in our opinion, he should, often we do not even want to communicate with him.
I heard my father say many times that people steal God's blessings from themselves because they do not show love and respect for the whole Body of Christ.
For example, one person says: "I was born again through the Blood of Jesus Christ." And another says: "I am born again and believe in speaking in tongues." The third one says: "And I also believe in healing and prosperity."
These are three different levels of beliefs, but they all have a “common denominator" - being born again through the Blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore, they should be able to communicate with each other based on this “common denominator”. However, sometimes it seems that some believers have a position of self-righteousness, which says: "We cannot communicate with them, since they are not from our movement." Or: "We cannot go to this church because it is not the church of the living word." I will tell you a secret: if they preach Jesus Christ and His crucifixion, then this is the church of the living word, because Jesus is the Living Word! Here is what the apostle Paul says about this: "There is no longer Judea, not a pagan, no slave, not free ... for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28).
We can read this verse like this: "There are no Baptists and Pentecostals. There is no this or that denomination." If we were born again, we are in Jesus Christ. Believers must come to unity in order to achieve peace and in order to win more souls for Christ. Let's stop arguing about denominational differences. Let's save people!
Too often, God's people spend time arguing with each other, while people from the world are right on their way to hell. This is exactly what the devil wants. You see, if the devil cannot persuade Christians to sin, then he will try to set up various denominations against each other. As a result of this, churches do not arrange citywide evangelism to achieve the "perishing", since they do not cooperate with each other!
The Bible calls controversy and separation sin. So let's go together for one purpose: to free people and make them free. If we are going to glorify God and reflect His goodness, we must show unity in the Body of Christ. We must learn to love and respect every member of the Body of Christ.
Verse 17 of this epistle also tells us to glorify God, fearing God (1 Pet. 2:17). The fear of God is spoken of in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. But this does not mean to be paralyzed by fear and fear, or, as people are now saying, to be "scared to death." It means standing in awe of God and having respect for Him.
Years ago, when one company decided to build a hotel and casino worth millions, one of the leading employees of this organization quit his job, protesting against this. When asked why he did this, he replied: "My attitude and respect for my Lord Jesus Christ led me to this decision." This man was so faithful to the Lord that he quit his lucrative job in a prosperous company. Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a lot of money - it is bad if they are your god (1 Tim.6: 10). You know, many people say that Jesus is the Lord of their lives, however, when it comes to their wallets, a completely different conversation begins.
We must have the fear of God and respect for Him in every area of our lives. When the world sees that we are doing things that God likes, it glorifies Him!
Finally, 1 Pet. 2:17 says that we can glorify God honoring the king. In other words, to be a good citizen. In Bible times, they had kings. Today we have a government and a president. But the principle remains the same: we must honor those people who have power over us (1 Pet. 2: 13,14).
When we obey the "earthly" laws, it brings glory to God. And although a person can be a good citizen without being a Christian, I believe that Christians should be good citizens and take an active part in what is happening in their country. It is important.
“Remind them to obey and submit to the authorities and authorities, to be ready for any good deed” (Titus 3: 1). This verse says that we must be ready to roll up our sleeves and go to work. Many Christians sit idly, constantly complaining about the government, but not many of them go to the polls or take part in public affairs. They complain about the education system, but only a very few Christian parents seek to participate in school activities.
If you want to change the society in which you live, you cannot just sit back and complain. You have to go and do something because nothing will change if everyone is sitting inactive.
When our children went to primary school, my wife and I were always involved in their school life. Each year, a Christian director asked my wife if she was planning to join the Parents and Teachers Association this year. Why? Because he wanted to maintain a good atmosphere in his school. He knew that if he retained Christians in leading roles in the Association of Parents and Teachers, then the school would have a good Christian influence.
If we are going to glorify God and reflect His goodness, we must do something. Some people just sit and say, "I will wait for Jesus to come." But if they just sit and wait, they will not obey God's Word. Jesus said: “... use them until I return” (Luke 19:13). This means that we must do the work of the Lord before He comes to earth!
Matthew 5:16 says: “So let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” We still have a lot of work to introduce God to this world. We should constantly ask ourselves: "Do I reflect the goodness of God or not?" After all, the God whom people see is the God whom we show them in our words and our actions!
The magazine "Choose Life", 2000.