Notes take from The Purpose Driven Life
The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including you. God’s glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities. In nature, we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative.
God’s glory is best seen in Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about what God is really like. In the entire universe, only two of God’s creations fail to bring glory to him: fallen angels (demons) and us (people). All sin, at its root is failing to give God Glory. It is loving anything else more than God. Refusing to bring glory to God is prideful rebellion, and it is the sin that caused Satan’s fall-and ours too. In different ways, we have all lived for our own glory, not God’s. None of us have given God the full glory he deserves from our lives. This is the worst sin and the biggest mistake we can make.
HOW CAN WE BRING GLORY TO GOD?
Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth. We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God.
- We bring God glory by worshiping Him. Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying Him. C.S. Lewis said, “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him. God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight not duty. John Piper notes, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied with him.” Worship is far more praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving Him, and giving ourselves to be used for His purposes. When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act if worship.
- We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. Once we are born into God’s family, he wants us to grow to spiritual maturity. What does that look like? Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act. The more you develop Christlike character, the more you will bring glory to God.
- We bring God glory by serving others with our gifts. Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gift, skills, and abilities. They were given to benefit others, just as others were given abilities for your benefit.
- We bring God glory by telling others about Him. God doesn’t want his love and purposes kept a secret. Once we know the truth he expects us to share it with others. This is a great privilege-introducing others to Jesus, helping them discover their purposes, and preparing them for their eternal destiny.
WHAT WILL YOU LIVE FOR?
Living the rest of your for the glory of God will require a change on your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else. It will sometimes mean choosing a difficult path instead of an easy one.
Jesus stood at a fork in the road. Would he fulfill his purpose and bring glory to God, or would he shrink back and live a comfortable, self-centered life? You face the same choice. Will you live for your own goals, comfort, and pleasure, or will you live the rest of your live for God’s Glory, knowing that he has promised eternal rewards?
You may hesitate wondering whether you will have strength to live for God. Don’t Worry. God will give you what you need if you will just make the choice to live for him. First, believe. Believe God loves you and made you for His purposes. Believe you were made to last forever. Believe God has chosen you to have a relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Believe that no matter what you’ve done, God wants to forgive you. Second, receive. Receive Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. Receive His forgiveness for your sins. Receive his Spirit, who will give you the power to fulfill your life purpose.
If that prayer sincerely touched your heart AND you believe it with ALL your HEART then YOU ARE NOW A PART OF GOD’S FAMILY!!! 🙂
That is the greatest gift…It doesn’t get any better than that!