Planned for God's Pleasure
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
WE were planned for God's pleasure.
The moment we were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive; your arrival gave him great pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. WE exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight. Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose of your life. When we fully understand this truth, we never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. It proves your worth. If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have? You are a child of God, and bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.
It All Starts with God
Colossians 1:16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are upon earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible,...everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
It's not about you.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point—ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like:
What do I want to be?
What should I do with my life?
What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future?
But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose.
GOD is The Reason for Everything
Everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by his power, and everything is for his glory.
Romans 11:36 For from him, and by him, and to him [are] all things: to whom [be] glory for ever. Amen.
The LORD has made everything for his own purposes. Proverbs 16:4 (NLT)
It's all for him.
The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the glory of God. It is the reason for everything that exists, including us. God made it all for his glory. Without God's glory, there would be nothing.
What is the glory of God?
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, and the atmosphere of His presence. God's glory is the expression of his goodness and all his other intrinsic, eternal qualities.
Where is the glory of God?
Just look around. Everything Created by God reflects his glory in some way. We see it everywhere, from the smallest microscopic form of life to the vast Milky Way, ……. from sunsets and stars to storms and seasons.
Living for God’s glory is the
greatest achievement we can
accomplish with our lives.
Creation reveals our Creator's glory. In nature we learn that God is powerful, that he enjoys variety, loves beauty, is organized, and is wise and creative. The Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God."
Throughout history, God has revealed his glory to people in different settings. He revealed it first in the Garden of Eden, then to Moses, then in the tabernacle and the temple, then through Jesus, and now through us. It was portrayed as a consuming fire, a cloud, thunder, smoke, and a brilliant light.
God's glory is best seen in Jesus Christ. He, the Light of the world, illuminates God's nature. Because of Jesus, we are no longer in the dark about what God is really like. The Bible says, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory." Jesus lived his life the way he did so we could fully understand God's glory.
God's inherent glory is what he possesses because he is God. It is his nature. We cannot add anything to this glory, just as it would be impossible for us to make the sun shine brighter. But we are commanded to recognize his glory, honor his glory, declare his glory, praise his glory, reflect his glory, and live for his glory.
Because God deserves it! We owe him every honor we can possibly give. Since God made all things, he deserves all the glory. The Bible says, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything."*
In the entire universe, only one of God's creations fail to bring glory to him: us (people). All sin, at its roots, is failing to give glory to God.
It is loving anything else more then God, Refusing to bring glory to God is prideful rebellion. In different ways we have all lived for our own glory, not God's. The Bible says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
None of us have given God the full glory he deserves from our lives. This is the worst sin and the biggest mistake we can make.
On the other hand, living for God's glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives. God says, "They are my own people, and I created them to bring me glory,” so it Ought to be the supreme goal of our lives.
How CAN I BRING GLORY TO GOD?
Jesus told the Father, "I brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you told me to do." Jesus honored God by fulfilling his purpose on earth. We honor God the same way. When anything in creation fulfills its purpose, it brings glory to God. Birds bring glory to God by flying, chirping, nesting, and doing other bird-like activities that God intended. Even the lowly ant brings glory to God when it fulfills the purpose it was created for. God made ants to be ants, and he made you to be you. The glory of God is a human being fully alive!"
When anything in creation fulfills its purpose it brings glory to God.
There are many ways to bring glory to God.
We bring God glory by worshiping him.
Worship is our first responsibility to God. We worship God by enjoying him. "In commanding us to glorify him, God is inviting us to enjoy him." God wants our worship to be motivated by love, thanksgiving, and delight,…………..not duty.
Worship is far more than praising, singing, and praying to God. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving him, giving ourselves to be used for his purposes. When you use your life for God's glory, everything you do can become an act of worship.
The Bible says, "Use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for
The glory of God."
When you were baptized you became a part of God's family. Following Christ is not just a matter of believing; it also includes belonging and learning to love the family of God. John wrote, "Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life.”
It is your responsibility to learn how to love as God does, because God is love, and it honors him. Jesus said, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
We bring God glory by becoming like Christ. Once we are baptized into God's family, he wants us to grow to spiritual maturity.
What does that look like?
Spiritual maturity is becoming like Jesus in the way we think, feel, and act. The more we develop Christlike character, the more we will bring glory to God. The Bible says, "As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more."
God gave you a new life and a new nature when you accepted Jesus as the Messiah. Now, for the rest of your life on earth, God wants to continue the process of changing your character. The Bible says, "May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God."
We bring God glory by serving others.
Each of us was uniquely designed by God with talents, gifts, skills, and abilities. The way you're "wired" is not in accident. God didn't give you your abilities for selfish purposes. They were given to benefit others, just as others were given abilities for your benefit. The bible says, 1Peter 4:10-11. As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11. If any man speaketh [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man ministereth [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(NLT) "God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.... Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory.”
We bring God glory by telling others about him.
God doesn’t want his love and purposes kept a secret. Once we know the truth, he expects us to share it with others. This is a great privilege—introducing others to Jesus, helping them discover their purpose, and preparing them for the Kingdom. The Bible says, "As God's grace brings more and more people to Christ,... God will receive more and more glory."
WHAT WILL YOU LIVE FOR?
Living your life for the glory of God requires a change in your priorities, your schedule, your relationships, and everything else. It sometimes means choosing a difficult path Instead of an easy one. Even Jesus struggled with this. Knowing he was about to be crucified, he cried out: "My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name."
Jesus stood at a fork in the road. Would he fulfill his purpose and bring glory to God, or would he shrink back and live a comfortable, self-centered life?
WE face the same choice. Will you live for your own goals, comfort, and pleasure, or will you live the rest of your life for God’s glory, knowing that he has promised eternal rewards?
The Bible says “Anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life, but if you let go ……You’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”