Matthew 5:16 —— Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
How do we bring our lives into alignment with this goal of God to glorify Himself?
Jesus clearly commands that the goal of our lives should be to behave so that God gets the glory. Live so that man will see our life and give our Father in heaven glory. So it should be very clear that glorifying God is not merely an act of worship on Sunday. It is a peculiar kind of living.
In order for God to get glory from the way we live, we must be engaged in good deeds. It is not so much by avoiding gross sins that God’s people display his glory, but rather in the pursuit of good deeds, acts of generosity, works of kindness, and ways of love.
Since it is God’s goal to be glorified in His people, and since Jesus says this happens when His people do good deeds, the Bible to tell us that God created us for good deeds as written in Ephesians 2:10 “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We are created for His glory and created for good deeds because it is by our good deeds that God gets the glory.
It is possible to be a kind of do-gooder that brings no glory to God. There are philanthropists and benefactors and others spend time and money to alleviate suffering, but who may not even believe in God let alone do it all for His glory.
The light must include more than the mere action of the good deed. Not just our bodily motions but our attitude and our motivation also. There is a spirit from which the good deeds must flow if they are to bring God glory and so be pleasing to him.
John1:12 — But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
What does it mean to receive Jesus? To receive Jesus is to believe in Jesus. How do you become a child of God? By accepting all of Jesus’ teachings and obeying them.
Receiving Jesus does not mean a kind of peaceful co-existence with a Christ who makes no claims. Receiving Jesus means taking Him into our life (our home, school, work, marriage and dreams) for who He really is.
If we become a child of God, we become an heir of all that God owns. All that belongs to God is our inheritance. In the resurrection, everything that exists will be ours. And God will care for us forever.