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17 Biblical Ways to Glorify God With Your Life

12. We glorify God when we are zealous for his name.

“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the people of Israel, in that he was jealous with my jealousy among them so that I did not consume the people of Israel in my jealousy.” (Number 25:11)

“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.” (Revelation 2:2)

Thomas Watson: “Zeal is impatient of God’s dishonor; a Christian fired with zeal takes a dishonor done to God worse than an injury done to himself.”

13. We glorify God when we remember God in our eating and drinking.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Thomas Watson: “A gracious person holds the golden bridle of temperance; he takes his food as a medicine to heal the decays of nature, that he may be fitter, by the strength he receives, for the service of God.”

14. We glorify God when we labor to draw others to God; seek their conversion, and so make them instruments of glorifying God.

“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” (Galatians 4:19)

Thomas Watson: “It is a great way of glorifying God, when we break open the devil’s prison, and turn men from the power of Satan to God.”

15. We glorify God in a high degree when we suffer for God, and seal the gospel with our blood.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go. Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.” (John 21:18-19)

Thomas Watson: “The glory of Christ’s kingdom does not stand in worldly pomp and grandeur, as other kings’; but it is seen in the cheerful sufferings of his people.”

16. We glorify God when we give God glory of all that we achieve.

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Thomas Watson: “As the silkworm, when she weaves her curious work, hides herself under the silk, and is not seen; so when we have done anything praiseworthy, we must hide ourselves under the veil of humility, and transfer the glory of all we have done to God.”

17. We glorify God when we live a holy life.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
(1 Peter 2:9)

Thomas Watson: “Though the main work of religion lies in the heart, yet our light must so shine that others may behold it.”

Modified from: Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity, pp. 10-18

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Andrew Hess is a Sr. Communications Specialist at Compassion International. He previously served as the director of content at the White Horse Inn and editor of corechristianity.com. He formerly served as the editor of churchleaders.com. His writing has been featured on The Gospel Coalition and Focus on the Family. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Jen and their energetic young son. Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AndrewWHess.