Even Christians get offended. Even Christians can be selfish. It’s easy to make life all about us. Into this self-focused world, the apostle Paul lays down this challenge, “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31) But how do you actually do that?
How do you live in such a way that you increase the good opinion people have of God? It doesn’t come by trying harder or doing more. It comes from orienting your life around a certain way of thinking and believing. If you focus on the right truth then giving glory to God will happen naturally and magnificently. Start with this:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NIV
I have been crucified with Christ – It can be hard to grasp, but the mysterious truth of the Christian faith is that we identify with Jesus’ death on the cross. His death is our death. The old way of living is behind us. We are made brand new through Christ. How you identify yourself is critical. See yourself as a new creation in Christ.
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me – All the good that you do comes from Christ living through you. You are just allowing him the freedom to do his thing. The only hope you have of truly bringing glory to God is yielding to the power of Christ in you..
The life I now live…I live by faith – Will power will only get you so far. You can’t live this Christian life on your own. Live by faith. Live by trust. Live by dependence. Every single day you have the option to self-navigate or to live your life in trusting dependence on God. That’s what faith is.
In the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me – Don’t you love how Paul makes this personal? Jesus loved ME! He gave himself for ME! You might need to say that out-loud. Jesus loved me. He gave himself for me. Love is the most powerful force on the planet. When you make it personal, it changes you at your core.
This really is the bottom line. In light of God’s sacrificial love and Jesus’ obedience to walk out the Father’s plan, we have all the motivation we need to live a life that brings him glory!