How Can You Glorify Jesus Christ?

by Jack Wellman on June 4, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

One of the chief things God desires for us to do is to glorify Jesus Christ.  How can a mere mortal glorify Jesus?  In what ways do we bring glory to Christ?  What possible way can Christians, still being sinners, glorify His holy name?

Chief Purpose of Man

The Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us what man’s chief purpose is for being created.  We must understand that when the Bible speaks of “man” it means mankind in general and of course this includes women too.  The first question in the Catechism is a very important question.

Question One:  What is the chief end of man?   This is asking what is the main purpose of mankind.

The answer is “to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.”

That is a little understood purpose for which God created mankind.  First Peter 4:11 clearly spells this out saying, If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”   Peter knew Christ intimately and like few others.  Peter is saying that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. We glorify God in our words, in our service, and in Jesus Christ.  Often times I am told about all of the great things that I have ever said, did or written.  When I hear this, I am soberly reminded that of myself I am nothing and would do no good thing without the Holy Spirit in me. As Isaiah wrote, I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols (Isaiah 42:8).  The last thing I deserve is any credit or to take any glory from God for what I do.

When I take credit for something that I have benefited from, I am actually robbing God of His due glory.  When we give God all glory, then we are rightly esteeming God Almighty and Jesus Christ, Who alone deserves all credit, honor, glory, and praise.  We, and certainly I, deserve no such credit or glory.  The more that I have grown to know God, the more that I see myself as a wretched sinner…and the more I see just how holy God is.

How To Glorify Jesus Christ

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31)

Glorify God by All You Do

We actually can glorify God by what we do.  We can also bring shame to the name of Christ if we claim to be a believer and do not live up to our calling.  Paul understood that what we do either glorifies God, glorifies ourselves or brings shame to His holy name.  Paul said that So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31).  When Paul said “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  That means that whatever we do, whether serve, pray or give, we must keep in mind that our chief purpose is to glorify God.  Since we were bought at a price [we ought to] Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Cor 6:20).  Our bodies can glorify God by what our bodies do.  By doing what?  Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  John 15:8 makes it plain that “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” When we are Filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are to the praise of his glory then we glorify His name (Phil 1:11).  In 2 Corinthians 9:13 it says that God can be glorified Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”

Paul was consumed by the desire to glorify God as he said, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death” (Phil 1:20).  So we can glorify God by whatever we do and exalt Him in our bodies by our acts of obedience, our selfless acts of service, our willingness to witness, and in our actions.  When our bodies labor to do service to Him we glorify Jesus and exalt His name.  Our labors of love must be aimed at glorifying Him.  In fact, if any ministries are done without the purpose of glorifying Jesus, then we toil in vain and we are uselessly only exalting ourselves.  God will never prosper a work of His unless it necessarily exalts Jesus Christ.  You might as well save your time for you will be building a ministry of wood, hay, and stubble which will all burn up at the judgment seat of Christ.

Jesus clearly said to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt 5:16).  We are not saved by works but for works and these works ascribe glory and praise to God.  How good is that!?  Peter said that we are to “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Pet 2:12).  The pagans are those who are not Christians and if they can glorify God by our deeds and words on the Day of visitation.  Since these deeds are credited to God’s honor, how important it is that we do good works?  When Achan disobeyed God, Joshua told him to “give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and honor him and make confession to him” (Joshua 7:19).  By confessing our sins and faults we can glorify God. To confess our sins means that we agree with God about the deep sinfulness of our sins.

Glorifying God In Our Words

One of the greatest sins of believers may be that of ingratitude.  We should be giving God adoration, appreciation, and affection.  In the Old Testament, the only offering that was not required by the law was the Peace Offerings or as it is sometimes called, the Fellowship Offerings (Lev 3:1-5).  This was not an obligatory offering but one that was a free will offering and this offering was tied to giving thanks to God for all that He had done. Bible commentators call this offering by many names:  The Peace Offering, Praise Offering or Thanksgiving Offering.  It is to God a sweet-savor offering that is well pleasing to God.  When we get thanks from other people for things we do, don’t we as humans highly value, treasure, and esteem these?  God is no different in this respect.  He is worthy of our thanksgiving, our praise, our gratitude, our appreciation, our affection, and our adoration.

David was overwhelmed by God’s goodness.  In a Psalm of praise, David proclaimed (likely by song), “Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2).  The Psalms are brim full of praise to God.  David ascribed to the Lord “the glory due his name” and the “splendor of his holiness.” Whosoever offers praise glorifies me” (Psalm 50:23).   The Psalmist again says, “I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever (Psalm 86:12).

Why Glorify God’s Name?

Why indeed?  “It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).  God did not have to create us nor was He under any obligation to save us, yet He did. Why not glorify our maker?  Even the “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:10).  The entire universe was created for His glory and they proclaim His glory. Even The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen (Isaiah 43:20).  Even Christ didn’t seek to glorify Himself while on earth but God alone (John 8:50).

Glorifying God by Our Faith

Did you realize that a lack of faith, fear or apprehension tells God that you really don’t trust Him?  Jesus spoke 365 times about fear alone.  That’s one time for each day of the year.  Was this an accident?  I found it interesting.  Jesus’ second most frequent topic was not heaven, or sin, or hell but it was about being afraid, fearful, and untrusting.  Abraham actually glorified God by his faith as Paul wrote, Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God (Rom 4:20).  In fact we can not please God without faith, but with faith God is well pleased (Heb 11:6).  What is commonly called “The Hall of Faith” is in Hebrews 11.  This chapter is full of the glory of God because their faith was only as strong as the object of their faith: God!

Glorify God by our Songs of Praise

One of the parts of our worship service are songs of praise and certainly we can glorify God by our songs of praise and adoration.  This is what is sometimes called “doxology”.  This is just a fancy word for expressions of praise through songs, words or hymns.  It s from the Greek word “doxa, meaning praise and “logia” which means God.  The Psalms are full of such praise as the Psalms were generally put to music in honor of God to worship and praise Him.  In Psalm 71:23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you–I, whom you have redeemed.”  Psalm 5:11 says, But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.” Psalm 32:11 proclaim, Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!  Psalm 63:5 states My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”  Psalm 132:9 reads May your priests be clothed with righteousness; may your saints sing for joy.  Is says in Psalm 132:16 that I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints will ever sing for joy.” Even the New Testament reveals that we are to be speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19).

The conclusion is that our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever to which I say, amen.

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Molly June 5, 2012 at 4:59 am

Thank you very much! This was a good post that I will definitely revisit. :)

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Molly, you are so kind my friend. Thank you for such grace-filled words. Truly you are glorifying God by Christ shining thru your words. Please do come back my friend.

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Amen Molly. I will most definetly pray for your youth group leaders brother. Thank you so much my friend. I will never turn down prayers for myself either as I am a bi-vocational pastor that pastors a church with no money to pay me so I work to support myself. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Molly, you are so kind my friend. Thank you for such grace-filled words. Truly you are glorifying God by Christ shining thru your words. Please do come back my friend.

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Molly June 5, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I love having a place like this where I can come to unload and talk with other Christians. Thank you so much!

Love,
Molly

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Amen to that sister in Christ.

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Molly June 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Tonight when I pray before I go to bed I will thank God for wonderful people like you Mr Wellman and like Ms Pamela Rose.
Will you please pray for my youth group leaders brother? He is in the hospital because he fell off of a 22 foot roof and is getting surgery on his spine soon. Thanks. Also if you could pray for my friend Dusk who is having a hard time with some classmates and with life in general. Thank you and good night Mr Wellman. If you ever have anything you need me to pray about please don’t hesitate to tell me.

Molly <3

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Yes and Amen Molly. I will most definetly pray for your youth group leaders brother. Thank you so much my friend. I will never turn down prayers for myself either as I am a bi-vocational pastor that pastors a church with no money to pay me so I work to support myself. Thank you

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Molly June 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Thank you!!!!!!!!
I will pray for you, but I have one question. What does bi-vocational mean? I am sorry to bother you with such a silly question but I have only in 8th grade.

Thanks again!! I have to go to bed now, but I will revisit this website in morning
Molly :)

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Jack Wellman June 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

No Molly, no bother at all and it is not a silly question. I work as a janitor and as a pastor, both full time so “bi” means two and “vocation” means work so I am bi-vocational. So I work at two jobs. The church pays me no salary or benefits so I work as a janitor to support my self and my family and work for the church for free. God bless friend. I’m off to bed too.

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samuel June 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!
It is really useful.This is really helpful for my Sunday meditation preparation.

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Thank you so very, very much Samuel. You really live up to your name sir which is Hebrew in origin, and the meaning of Samuel is “God heard”. Also possibly as “requested of God”.

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Molly June 6, 2012 at 5:07 am

Thank you! I have to go to school, and before I do that I have to get ready and study for my French speaking final. Talk to you later Mr Wellman!!

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Venus Hunter June 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm

To God be the glory! Thank you so much my brothers and sisters in Christ for the post and comments. This is LOVE! This message and comments has truly lifted my spirits that were low and now are higher and stronger. The joy of our LORD is our strength! Please pray for my family as the Spirit permits and leads. Thank you and praying for the entire Body of Christ.

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Jack Wellman June 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thank you so kindly Venus. I am glad because I want to glorify Jesus Christ in all I do, say, and even think for He is most worthy. Will pray for your family Venus, and that includes you as well. Please come back soon. We have some dedicated prayer warriors here on staff but more so with our precious readers.

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Johnson Chege June 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hi Pastor.
I give Glory to God for the article and thank you for the insight. Many are the times even men of God robbing God what is duely His by accepting reverence from the congregation especially if a miracle like healing happened to a believer. When testfying you might hear him/her saying ‘I thank the servant of God for healing me’ and o correctionsare made. All glory belongs to God. Pastors are only vessels who have found favor from God to take Gods message to His people.
We miss our blessings by doing things the wrong way. Nowadays to many gospel singers are producing music not for Gods glory but first to make money. And many other things we do not to worship Christ but for people to see. Thank you pastor I hope many will read the article and change the approach.

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Jack Wellman June 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Amen Mr. Chege. As a pastor, I have nothing to be proud of but if I do boast, it is in my redeemer and Him alone. What do I have that I did not receive from the Lord? Glory to God in the Highest Who alone is most worthy to be praised. May my life glorify Christ in all things.

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Johnson Chege June 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Pastor you have the truth in yourself because when you accepted it, it indeed set you free reason why God has given you the Spirit of God hence you are able to know the Will of God in your life. It is not because of your academic level but just allowing Christ to take control and glorifying Him has given you the favour to be such a wonderful teacher of the gospel. Am learning alot frm you. I have a prayer request more so thanksgiving, on sunday night l was rushed to hospital and God has healed me. Before I called my neighbors for help I called on the powerful name of Jesus and l was safe then went to hospital for confirmation that the healer had done it. I have a need and wish you could remember me in your prayers Pastor. God bless you.

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Jack Wellman June 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Would be my pleasure and privilege to pray for you sir.

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Molly June 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hello Mr. Wellman,

Please pray for me. I have an orchestra audition tonight for the symphony and I am very nervous. But the real conflict is: THe youth group and the orchestra meet on the same day at the exact time, and I don’t know what to do. Either way i am letting different people down and I feel awful and have cried about it and thought about and asked about it and prayed about it. Thanks so much,
Molly

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Jack Wellman June 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hello Molly. Yes I will pray for you. I believe you will be fine. I also think you are letting down the orchestra more than the youth group for the orchestra needs each and every part of the ensemble to be a success. The youth group will meet more often than the orchestra performs though, right? This conflict is not your fault though and so don’t take it personally. Just tell the youth group next time you go that you had a conflict and didn’t want to let them down since every instrument is vital to an orchestra. God bless Molly.

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Kevin November 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

I really love stopping by in this website WCWTK reading articles. I regretted wasting time before to other entertainment websites. God Father and Christ Jesus is worthy to be praise because they are life. Thanks Pastor. Peace be with you :)

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Mary Lou Scheidt May 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Thank you so much Pastor. I really was in need of the truths at exactly that time. My faith was not shaken, only my mind. Thank you for your words shoving me back on track.

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Jack Wellman May 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Wow Mary Lou, that is such an encouragement my friend. You truly blessed my day and may God richly bless you in your walk with Christ.

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