Everything created by God reflects his glory in some way. From the smallest microscopic form of life to the galaxies. From sunsets and stars to storms and seasons. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Yet in the entire universe, only two of God’s creation choose at times to not bring Glory to Him. Fallen Angels and People.
This is the most important discovery of our lives in this journey to “Discover Me” - that I was created by God and I live to declare His glory. Before we or anyone else can declare a purpose and meaning for life itself, the bible points us to this truth: “Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for His glory.” (Romans 11:36)(LB)
So what is God’s glory? If you’ve spent much time around the church, you’ve heard that word “God’s glory” used. Expressions like “To God be the Glory”. “God, we glorify you…” We sing “glorify Thy name in all the earth….” But what is God’s Glory?
“God’s glory is the expression of His goodness and all of His other real and eternal qualities.” It is who God is. It is the essence of his nature, the weight of his importance, the radiance of his splendor, the demonstration of his power. It is the presence of God manifest in his creation.
In Genesis Chapter 6, we see a snapshot of the world when confusion, dysfunction, separation and self-destruction was epidemic. But there was one man’s life that stood in contrast to the world at this time. His name was Noah. This week we look beyond the Ark and the Flood, and examine what it means for us to Bring Glory to God.
Verse 9: “But Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God…” John Piper wrote “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Bringing Glory to God isn’t about everything in our life being perfect. It’s about love and respect for our creator. It’s about recognizing that as my creator He knows best what I need. And He created me with a need for Him, His presence, His power. His care.
When asked what God wants most from us, He himself said “It’s not your sacrifices or your offerings…. Those are important, but they will follow what is most important to me…. I want your love…. I want you to know me…. (Hosea 6:6)(Para)
This is what God wants most from you. He wants you to know Him, find fulfillment, satisfaction, in Him. In knowing Him and His amazing will for your life – His desire for your safety, His desire for you to have joy. His will for you to know love and peace and self-control, you will Love Him and you will bring glory to Him. And in knowing Him we learn that I glorify God by trusting Him completely.
Imagine the scene: God comes to Noah and says in verse 11: “I’m grieved by human beings…Not just a few of them, but all of them. No human being but you in the entire world brings glory to me. And so I’m going to start over with your family. I want you to build a giant ship that will save you and the animals.”
120 years it took Noah to build the ark. No sign of rain.. Hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. I wonder what his neighbors thought? His own family? Yet this is when God is most glorified in our lives
I shared with a friend this week. “Obedience has taught me more about God and His perfect love and purpose for my life than any explanation I’ve ever received even from the best of teachers.” In fact, you will never understand certain commands until you obey them first.
Jesus said of his time here on earth “I brought Glory to you father here on earth by doing everything you told me to do .” (John 17:4)(NLT)
Noah’s act of worship began the first day he was obedient to God. As Noah worshiped the Lord in the face of the impossible, he brought glory to God’s strength, God’s power to destroy everything yet spare him and his family. He acknowledged how God’s plan and instructions were perfect for a boat that Noah had never seen, let alone built, before… He acknowledged that even though he felt as if he were standing alone on this mission for 120 years, God was with Him. How God had made provision for food and water for the year long journey. How God had brought the animals two by two to Noah and loaded them on the boat. How God shut the door for Noah and sealed it so Noah wouldn’t have to. And now, He brought Glory to God for his Salvation and renewal as God renewed his purpose and plan for Noah and his family to repopulate the earth.
Romans 12:2 says to us today. In view of all that God has done to save you, “Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work and walking around life and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:2)(MSG) This, the Apostle Paul wrote, IS your act of worship. This is how you bring glory to God.
3 questions I encourage you to answer this week, even today: 1) Make a list of specific ways I am trusting God today and how each is bringing Him glory. If the significant areas of your life aren’t being lived in a trust between you and God and reflective of his power in your life, you are missing your purpose in life. 2) What areas of my life do I need to bring into alignment with His will. Let’s begin with your salvation – Have you followed His plan for your salvation? Are you willing to do it His way be surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in Baptism? Have you connected with His Family The Church? This is where the journey begins. 3) When people look at me, who do they see?
I look forward to encouraging you this weekend as we together Bring Glory to God!