Doing things in the name of the Lord or living in a way that glorifies God are often how we, as Christians, are instructed to live our lives. If you’re like me, there have been times when you weren’t exactly sure what all that entails.
The obvious things like giving to missions, attending church, serving in some capacity in the church, reading the Bible and praying are easy to identify. When we surrender our lives to Christ, we are a new creature. We embark on a life-long journey of trying to live our lives in way that glorifies God.
What does that mean? How do we glorify God in whatever we do?
For years, I thought that meant I had to have some special gift or talent that I could use for which I could give God the credit. As I grew in my faith, it evolved into thinking that I should use my place in the world to witness and share Christ with those God put in my path. But recently, I have learned that while those things are part of living in a way that glorifies, that is not where it stops.
Another verse, found in Colossians 3:17, says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The verse starts by saying, “And WHATEVER you do…”. Whatever? Does that mean everything? Yes. Yes it does.
When we live a life that glorifies God, it will reflect in everything we do, say or support. The question is how do we glorify God in the mundane things of daily living? We do this by, quite simply, evaluating what we do and what others will perceive when they see it as a part of our lives.
Do the television shows and movies we watch, the radio stations and music we listen to and the books we read, represent something that you would recommend to God? Do we dress in a way that we would feel comfortable being dressed if we were standing before God? Are the words that come out of our mouths words we would use in conversation while talking to God? Are the places we go and the things we engage in while there, places we would expect to encounter God? Are our finances being used wisely? Are we a friend to the friendless? Do we try to channel our thoughts to good, positive subjects that build up our lives and the lives of others? When we are by ourselves are we still living in a way that welcomes God to be a part of us?
Glorifying God is not always a grand action on our behalf. It is living a life that shows that God is a part of your life down to the most mundane of tasks. When others think of us, God should be so much a part of who we are that when others are with us, they know we are different. When we are alone, what we do, say or watch should be things we would do in His presence, because God is always with us.
This week let us make a pointed effort to live each moment of our day glorifying God through our every thought and deed.
Prayer – Lord, please open my heart your guiding so that I will feel your check in my soul whenever I stray from the path of living in a way that glorifies you. May my every thought, word spoken and action bring you a smile. Give me the wisdom and strength to live a life pleasing to you until the day I stand in your presence. Amen