Glorify is not a word we use much in every day Aussie. So it may be a strange one to you. Glorify means to worship, honour, promote, give something or someone high value.
One of our purposes as people is to glorify (honour, exalt, promote, praise) our Father God in Heaven. We do that directly by praising God to Him, another is speaking about Him with honour and respect, another is by publicly giving him a place of great value in our lives. But we can also do this with Survivor, football, chocolate and our favourite singer. I think God is deserves a lot more than average from us when it comes to glory.
So what clues does the Bible give us on how to glorify God? Jesus Christ taught in John 15:8 “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”
Ok, so to glorify we need to bear fruit. How do we do that?
Ahhh, thanks Jesus, He keeps the lesson going….
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:8-12 ESV
I see a fruitful equation here:
Abide in Jesus’ love = keep His commandments
Jesus’ commandment = love one another as He has loved us
Loving others = abiding in Jesus’ love
Abiding in Jesus’ love = much fruit = God glorified (and prove we are His disciples )
Loving others = God is glorified
And we get Jesus’ joy in us and our joy is full.
Bottom line, when we love one another God is glorified through the fruit we produce. But what kind of fruit is this?
It is the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in us. This fruit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23
” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (ESV)
These lovely pieces of fruit can only blossom and become sweet and of value when they are expressed to another person. Yes we can be kind and loving to ourselves and be patient of our weakness but these characteristics only really prove their worthiness in relation to others. For instance, how much easier is it to be patient with yourself than with someone else? Or show self-control to an irritating person?
Yes, it is in our love for others that faithfulness, love, peace, joy are grown and blossom into beautiful fruit. We don’t develop these in isolation.
We can’t grow them to the full sweetness and beauty they were intended to have outside of the love of the Creator of these attributes. That’s why we need to abide (live in, hang out in, trust in) the love of Jesus.
When we demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to one another it truly is proof that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. These are not characteristics you see in many people outside of His disciples. Maybe a couple of pieces of fruit but not the whole fruit salad. It’s a different way of living, a different way of loving, a different way of being.
In this fruit giving love for others God is much glorified.
So as you display these fruits in your life today remember you are glorifying God and that is a most delightful way to live. 🙂