When we consider the glory of God, our minds are overpowered. God created the heaven and the earth. He sustains the entire universe. God is wonderful and glorious; there is none like Him!

What could any man do to add to the Glory of God, when “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalms 19:1)? Yet, as astonishing as the thought may be, man can glorify God. In fact, that is the very foundation of man’s purpose-to glorify God (Romans 1:21-23).

Man glorifies God when he does the will of God. To do His will is to obey God, to do what He teaches in His Word. Doing His will is how we enter His kingdom, the church (Matthew 7:21). It should be no surprise that the way we continue to glorify God in the church is to do His will.

Both the church and the individual Christian exist to glorify God (see Ephesians 3:21; Matthew 5:16). It is by their obedience and serving that glory is given to Him. God is glorified by our lives of service to Him, which are in effect expressions of gratitude to God.

Paul spoke of men who had come to ruin because they refused to glorify God. In Romans 1:21, he says: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Notice in Paul’s saying that refusing to glorify God is the same as being unthankful. And that shows the motive of obeying god is to thank Him! After all, He has created our world and us. He has given us everything we have. And, above all, He has given us salvation through Jesus Christ.

We should say, “I will do God’s will because I am grateful.” A committed life of service in the church that truly glorifies our Father comes from our gratitude to Him. And what else can a serious, thoughtful person be but grateful when he considers all that God has done for him? What else can one feel when he considers all that Christ has suffered to redeem him from sin?

The life that successfully gives glory to God is the life of service to God and man that springs from gratitude to the Father. Such a life will attract and lead others to Christ so that they too may be forgiven. Such a person, filled with gratitude to God for the gift of Christ, goes about his daily affairs with a steadfast purpose, with an honesty of intent, with a purity of heart that wins others to Jesus. This is the kind of “sermon” that the world will heed: it is the sermon of a real life – the daily, obedience and serving life offered to the glory of God from a grateful heart.

Also pray with: