Vol. 1 - No. 5
"Do All To The Glory of God"
by Truman Smith
In one form or another, the Christian is taught some fifteen or twenty times in the New Testament to glorify God. We get a very strong feeling, by reason of it being mentioned so many times, that the God of this vast universe who made us and redeemed us from sin, (Genesis 1:27; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:12-14) desires that we give Him Glory.
While Paul was discussing the subject of eating meats that were sacrificed to idols, he said, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31) We understand that Paul's use of the word "all," which translates the Greek word PANTA, limits the application of this verse to the matters discussed in the context-to eat or not to eat-yet we believe it is stated as a matter of principle, based upon other lessons the New Testament gives, making it obligatory for the Christian to do everything to God's glory. Paul also writes in 1 Corinthians 6:20, "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
On the word "glorify," Vine says: "to magnify, extol, praise, especially of glorifying God, i.e., ascribing honour to Him, acknowledging Him as to His being, attributes and acts, i.e., His glory..." (EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT WORDS) When we live in such a way as to make God real and attractive to others, we have glorified God. Also, when we worship in such a way as to make others desire to worship Him, we have glorified our Heavenly Father. Indeed, this is what Jesus meant when He said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) Please let it be understood that we cannot glorify God by doing that which is wrong. It was also the apostle to the Gentiles who said, "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work." (2 Timothy 2:19-21)
Why glorify God? (1) We should glorify God because He is the creator and sustainer of our very lives. (Acts 17:28) Did you know that we could not live for one minute if it were not for the goodness of God? Therefore, we owe to Him all that we can do for Him, and that He expects of us. (2) We should extol Him because He is the Father of our spirits and the source of our spiritual life. (Hebrews 12:9) (3) We should praise God because of His great love for us, manifested in the gift of His Son to redeem us from sin. (4) We should honour God because of the hope which we have of living with Him in the after-a-while. Well, the reasons why we should glorify God are too numerous to mention! But the above mentioned things should be sufficient. What other reasons do we need?
It is plain to see that the Christian should glorify the Father. However, all men will one day be brought to glorify God. Speaking concerning Jesus, Paul said, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2: 9-11) Thus, if one does not glorify God while he lives in this life, one thing for sure, he will do so in the last day when Jesus comes. Yes, sooner or later everyone will glorify God!
What about you, my friend? Have you become a Christian? Are you living an obedient and exemplary life before God and man? Does your life reflect a love for studying God's Word, meeting with those of like precious faith to worship Him, and serving Him faithfully? Let's "DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD!"