God, please give us the grace to glorify you and to enjoy you.
God, please give us the grace to realize we were created and given salvation to glorify you.
God, please give us the grace to reflect your image, your holy character, to glorify you.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
This week’s prayer focus is about, “Glorifying God.” The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer given is renown among evangelicals and is as follows, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”So, how do we count it all joy? It begins by turning our attention away from the emotions that are pulling us apart, and turning our attention to God with the purpose to trust Him completely. Then we must change the way we think about our trials to the way God thinks about trials. James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, informs us of the purpose of trials in verses 3-4, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
It is also clear in Scripture that the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him in intimate fellowship through Christ. The prophet Isaiah writes that the redeemed were created and formed to glorify God in Isaiah 43:7, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” The Psalmist confirms that the nations will glorify God in Psalm 86:9, All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.” The Apostle Paul instructs believers to glorify God in their bodies in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. Lastly, the Apostle Paul also instructs believers to glorify God in everything they do in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Possibly, you may be wondering what it means to glorify God or what does it look like to glorify God in my life? Simply put, to glorify God in your life means to live your daily life with the purpose to make God look great in everything you do. You live in such a way that points people to the greatness of God in and through your life so they will be drawn to Him.
I believe this week's Scripture focus will give us a starting point in how God designed us to glorify Him! This weeks Scripture focus is found in Creation Week, where the Triune God created man in His own image, in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
In this amazing verse we discover all three Persons of the Trinity discussing the creation of man, and that they created man in their own image. At least two significant truths come to mind about being created in God’s image. The first truth is mankind can have intimate fellowship with God and enjoy Him. This makes mankind distinct from the animals He created. Mankind, God’s crowning work, has been given the privilege to walk with God and be redeemed by Him! The second truth is mankind has been given the ability to reflect portions of God’s character to a limited degree to each other and to the world around them. Attributes such as love, grace, mercy, faithfulness, integrity, morality, wisdom, reasoning, and creativity. These are all reflections of God’s character found in mankind. However, because of sin, God’s image has been marred in mankind. It is only through Christ that this image can be restored and displayed through our lives with the purpose to glorify God.
If we are going to glorify God through our lives, then we must rely upon the Holy Spirit to die to our old life, so He can magnify the character of Christ, which is God’s image, through our lives.
Let’s pray for each other this week that we would reflect the character of Christ so that the people around us will be drawn to Him and will be caused to glorify Him when God visits them with salvation (2 Peter 2:12).