Sound lofty or ambitious? Only by God's grace can we hope to live for His glory. Here are 5 ways that can help us live more like Him.

5 Ways to Live for His Glory…

Does this sound like a lofty, ambitious goal? To imagine living for His glory may seem a little a lot out of our league. But if, as God’s children, we’re called to represent our heavenly Father – we must strive to live for His glory.

What is the glory of God?

To be honest, it’s impossible to adequately define His glory. Because His glory is beyond our human comprehension, we must grasp it with spiritual eyes.

¹The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit that flows from His character, attributes, and all that He is. [GotQuestions.org]

It’s sounding more lofty by the minute, isn’t it? Only by His grace can we live in this manner. The following quote can help put this into perspective.

²”God is not interested in using the mighty, but the willing. He is not into using amazing people, just ones who are prepared to lay their lives down before Him. God is not looking for extraordinary, exceptionally gifted people, just laid-down lovers of Jesus who will carry His glory with transparency and not take it for themselves.” – Heidi Baker

If you can view yourself as rather un-amazing, but willing to lay down your life for the cause of Christ, then you’re a prime candidate to live for His glory this year!

5 Ways to Live for His Glory

#1 – Stay repentant

Sound lofty or ambitious? Only be God grace can we hope to live for His glory. Here are 5 ways that can help to live more like Him.Salvation is ours by faith through grace, but walking out our salvation is an ongoing process. I’m going to give it to you like this:  we are sinners. Thank God, we’ve been saved by grace {and if you are not, yet, you can be}.

In this earthly body, though, we continue to fight the power of sin. Living in a state of repentance sets us on the road to living for His glory. This is not a permission to sin, but His grace being lived out in us.

I’m including the following in my daily prayers, this year…my effort to stay repentant…

³Most merciful God, I confess I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbor as myself. I am truly sorry and I humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and forgive me; that I may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.

#2 – Maintain an attitude of praise

Praising God on a regular basis will remind you of who He is and what He has done. Simply put, in giving Him glory through praise, you are actively living for His glory.

An excellent way to begin the day in an attitude of praise is by praying Psalm 103.1-5 and making it personal.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. He pardons all my iniquities, and heals all my diseases; He redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with loving-kindness and mercy; He satisfies me with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Bless his holy name.  Psalm 103.1-5

#3 – Pray and read the Bible

The best way I can provide support for #3 is to tell you I’ve tried it both ways. Even though my parents raised me in church and taught me to make prayer and Bible reading a priority, I’ve lived through many seasons where I left this out of the equation.

Never again.

Today, I recognize it is the breath that gives me life. It’s in pausing to offer up prayer and praise, and in gaining insight from His Word, that I truly begin to live. And, if that’s not enough benefit, it also gives God glory when we spend time with Him – sit with Him, talk to Him, listen to Him.

#4 – Bear His image

To bear the image of God is to emulate His character and attributes – which points directly back to our humble definition of the glory of God. >> The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit that flows from His character, attributes, and all that He is.

It’s not that you are striving to BE God, but rather to represent His image here on earth. This is a most natural response when actively practicing #1, #2, and #3 of the “5 Ways to Live for His Glory“.

That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him… Colossians 1.10a

#5 – Draw others to Him

This is another natural – almost automatic – response. When we’re living the Christian life in a genuine, authentic manner, others begin to take notice. It seems to happen without much effort on our part.

Try to focus on what you can do and what He has gifted you to do, instead of focusing on what you see around you that is disappointing, self-serving, or seeking to impress.

Stay repentant, maintain an attitude of praise, pray and read His Word, bear His image…and #5 will follow suit.

I dare you to try it!

  • If you know your life could stand some improvement – start living for His glory.
  • If you desire to make a difference in the lives of those around you – start living for His glory.
  • If you want to change the world – start living for His glory.

And do it this year.

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¹GotQuestions.org Information current as of 4/7/2017.

²Reckless Devotion: 365 Days Into the Heart of Radical Love, by Roland and Heidi Baker

³Water to Wine:  Some of My Story, by Brian Zahnd

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