All For The Glory Of God

Soli Deo gloria is the teaching that all glory is to be due to God alone, since salvation is accomplished solely through His will and action–not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross, but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit. The reformers believed that human beings are not worthy of the glory that was accorded them. That is that one should not exalt such humans for their good works, but rather praise and give glory to God who is the author and sanctifier of these people and their good works.

Everything we do, everything from taking out the trash, to holding the door open, to hanging out with a friend, parenting our children, looking for our life partner, teaching a class, browsing on Facebook should be done to the glory of God. How we live our lives on a day-to-day basis. How we behave on the job, at school, and what we do with our free time should all be done to the glory of God. We can and should worship God with our whole lives not just on Sunday mornings in a building designed for that purpose. People call where sunday service is held sanctuary and consider it more holy. Making it more special than the rest of creation. I think it is special, but so is an ordinary garden, the library, a parking lot, a street corner, and our homes. All of it is holy and good because God made it.

In Genesis 1 it says God made all and all was good. This chapter ends like this: And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

Listen to C.S. Lewis: “The symbol of a drama, a symphony, or a dance is useful to correct a certain absurdity which may arise if we talk too much of God planning and creating the world for good and then being frustrated by the free will of the creatures. This may raise the ridiculous idea that the Fall to God by surprise and upset His plan, or else – more ridiculous still – that God planned the whole thing for conditions which, He well knew, were never going to be realized. In fact, of course, God saw the crucifixion in the act of creating the first nebulae. The world is a dance in which good, descending from God, is disturbed by evil arising from the creatures, and the resulting conflict is resolved by God’s own assumption of the suffering nature which evil produces.”

Yes, God made all good, but somehow along the way man messed it up. Man wrecked havoc and still does. God sent Jesus to rescue all of creation back to God. It is God’s desire that all He made realize the goodness He has seen in it from the very beginning. God’s love sees goodness where we see unworthiness and transforms it into beauty by His grace.  This is done for the glory of God.

Jesus forsook heaven to live as an ordinary human being and die abandoned on a cross for the glory of God.

I was born in July 1975 and journeyed through Mormonism, atheism, Buddhism, and finally became a Christian all for the Glory of God.

I am teaching a class at my church, planning on going to seminary, and become a Pastor all for the glory of God.

I am not comparing myself to Jesus, compared to Jesus I am not much. Yet, I try to live by grace and faith for the glory of God. I am sure you too are living your life in faith by grace to the glory of God. God doesn’t care how small the thing is we do as long as we glorify Him through it.

What have you done to Glorify Our Father in heaven?

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2 Comments

  1. I really appreciate how you have pointed out that even just ordinary things can be done to the glory of God. I think sometimes it’s easy to think thst only “big” things can count as glorifying God…things like being a missionary or estamblishing some huge ministry. Little things like planting a garden and giving fresh flowers and vegetables to people can glorify God too, and open up hearts in ways that other things can’t. Thanks!

    • Yes. I think its the small things that really matter, since its those things everyone can do. We don’t have to be a great saint to glorify our Father. God uses the small and ordinary to show his love and grace. We can worship him in the ordinary acts of our lives.

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