Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him … Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (Isaiah 43:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31)
A Simple Rule Of Life
We like things simple. Instructions are better received when they are less complicated and easy to follow. Living as a child of God in a world as messed up as we live can be hard to decide what the best course of action is. We may be unsure of how long is long and how short is short and whether this is really something I should do or not do. Opinions muddle the clarity of the issue with views that are sometimes more cultural than Biblical. Preachers strain to define the proper readings of scripture. Elders are challenged with impressing upon the flock the need for separation from the world. It just gets complicated. But is it really?
When we realize why we were created it will give us the answers of how to live. Isaiah declares the purpose for the creation of man is to glorify the Creator. Our whole existence is measured by the worship we give Him who created us. The heavens testify to God’s glory as well as our bodies declare the wonderful design of an omniscient Lord. How can we not acknowledge Jehovah God Almighty as our Lord in everything we do? He holds our breath in His hand. Let that sink in for a moment. The universe with all the stars and planets are held within the span of God’s hand. We are but dust in His presence. Are you ready to glorify?
Understanding who we are and what we are brings the simple answers to life. Everything we do is for God’s glory measured by God’s word. We do not give God glory by our will but seek to define what the glory of the Lord is from the revealed word. Here is the practical application. The clothes I wear should glorify God. Dressing like the world with the noticeable lack of clothing does not give glory to Jesus Christ. Engaging in the lusts of the world may be fun but it is far from the character found in scripture as the personality of God’s child. Neglecting service with the church is not glorifying God but exalting the feeble pursuits of a world passing away. Can I say what I am doing glorifies God? We have to be honest with ourselves. Don’t worry about being honest with God because He already knows the answer. Sadly, so often we measure righteousness by our standards and not His.
A simple rule of life? Spend more time in the BOOK and you will know what glorifies God. Live each day with the promise that what you say, what you do and how you present yourself will only give glory to God. To Him be praise, honor and glory.