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Living for God’s Glory (sermon stuff and a great article)

What is one of the major purposes of the Church?  To Glorify God in all things!

(1 Peter 4:7-11 & 1 Cor. 10:31)


Ephesians 1 is a great reminder of why our life should magnify the greatness and goodness of God.  Because of all that God has done for us.  We once were dead in our trespasses and sin, but God has made us alive in Christ.  That fact alone should be all the motivation we need to start living for Him and His glory and stop living for our own selfish desires and wishes.  Take a look at Ephesians 1 and reflect upon all that God has done for those that are His.  Once we do that, then living for His glory should be a natural desire of our heart and a response of our life.  (I also included a great article by John MacArthur….Have I told you all that I am personal friends with him)

Ephesians 1

vv. 4-6 Because God the Father has:





vv. 7-12 Because  God the Son has:





13-14 – Because God the Spirit has:





I came across this article written by John MacArthur specifically dealing with living for God’s glory.  Since it was our sermon topic this week and will also be addressed next week, I thought it would be a great encouragement to us all.  


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How does a person glorify God? No question is more practical or more significant. The supreme purpose in life for any man or woman—for anyone who has ever been born into this world—is to glorify God. That is what living is all about. Glorifying God is the end result of the Christian life. Spiritual maturity is simply concentrating and focusing on the person of God until we are caught up in His majesty and His glory.

I would like to suggest some practical ways for the Christian to glorify God:

To do that is to blame God and thus to assign guilt to Him. But God is never at fault when we sin. Implying that He is somehow responsible maligns His holiness. So those who try to sneak out from under the absolute responsibility for their own sin commit a grievous sin against the glory of God.

First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The Greek word for “confess” is homologeo, meaning “to say the same thing.” To confess means to agree with God that sin is all our fault and to repent. That act glorifies God. We don’t have to beg God for forgiveness. He is faithful and just to forgive as soon as we agree with Him.

Colossians 1:10 says, “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work.” Good works are fruit. When we live a life of good works, the world will see and glorify our Father in heaven.

Paul testified, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). Paul was confident that God would use all things—poverty as well as abundance, comfort as well as pain—for Paul’s good and God’s glory (Romans 8:28). He didn’t say, “I’ll give God glory in spite of my pain.” He said, “I will give God glory because of it.”

A Christian who is discontented for any reason—job, spouse, finances—is a terrible testimony about the goodness of our God. What kind of God do we have? Is He really sovereign? Can He really be trusted? Glorifying God means that we praise Him with absolute contentment, knowing that our lot is God’s plan for us now.

Presenting the Word clearly and accurately always gives Him glory. Every time a Sunday school teacher teaches a class of kids, every time a Bible study leader opens the Word in someone’s living room, every time a father sits down with his family and starts talking about the Word of God, God is glorified. We honor Him by making His Word known and understood.

How to Enjoy God

When we live to glorify God, He responds by giving us overwhelming joy. “Well,” you say, “I have a tough life. I just don’t have any joy.” May I suggest an answer? Start glorifying God.

Joy does not necessarily always make sorrow, discouragement, pain, and failure go away, but Christians can experience supernatural joy even in the midst of those things. In fact sin is ultimately the only thing that can steal Christians’ joy. When our joy begins to fade, it is a sure sign of encroaching sin or unbelief. What can we do in times like that? Get down on our knees and confess the sin in our lives. We need to pray with David, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Psalm 51:12). Then we yield to the Holy Spirit, and joy returns.

Jesus desires that His joy remain in us (John 15:11). His joy that we know in part now is what we will know perfectly in heaven. Perhaps the greatest promise in all the Bible is 1 Thessalonians 4:17: “We shall always be with the Lord.” Now that’s joy!



Text adapted from the book The Keys to Spiritual Growth by John F. MacArthur ©2001 Crossway Books.

Taken from How to Live for God’s Glory by John F. MacArthur ©1996.


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