At the end of Jesus’ life He said, “I have glorified You [Father] on earth. Now, You glorify Me with the glory that I had with You before the world began.” (John 17). Jesus pattern in life was to glorify the Father and that should be the ultimate goal for ours too. But how do we live out the goal of glorifying God? In this ‘Sermon of the Week’, John MacArthur answers this question in his sermon, How to Glorify God, by saying, “[Living to glorify God] is to make every decision of life and to do every action of life with God in mind.” His sermon then goes on to answer three questions about living for God’s glory.
- What do we mean by God’s glory?
- Why should we give Him glory?
- And how do we give Him glory?
MacArthur breaks the answer to the first question into two components 1) God’s intrinsic glory. That is the glory he has in His own nature. 2) Glory given by His creatures. He defines this as enhancing God’s glory in the eyes of men by testifying to who He is and what He’s done.
In response to the second question, he explains that we should glorify Him because 1) God made us and everything for Himself. 2) He made us in order to give Him glory.
Lastly, how do we give God glory? 1) We are to aim our lives at glorifying God in everything (whether we eat or drink, do all to the glory of God) by sacrificing ourselves and preferring Him to all else regardless of the cost 2) We are to subject ourselves to Him as Lord.
The sermon is 52 minutes long and there’s also a transcript of you prefer to read or just want to follow along. It’s worth every second of your time.