“…and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In last week’s post, Are You Living with a Big Picture Perspective? I discussed how important it is we each live life with the bigger picture in mind. That rather than getting so focused on the immediate we ensure above all else we glorify God with our lives, that we bring God glory through our stories. This week, I want to look at this concept, of living with a big picture perspective a bit more specifically. What does it really mean to live with a big picture perspective? What does glorifying God with our lives practically look like?
While much can be said on this topic, I want to focus today on what I believe is the first step in glorifying God with our lives: receiving Jesus Christ. Quite simply, giving God glory begins by having a personal relationship with Jesus.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
What I find interesting in this passage is that it doesn’t just talk about receiving Jesus as a friend, or even making Him our Savior. It means more than just believing in Jesus. It means bowing our knee to Him. It means making Jesus our Lord. Lord of our life, our relationships, our finances, our choices, and our circumstances. God is glorified when we name Jesus as Lord.
When we consider the gift God gave us in Jesus, when we understand God sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins, to die a gruesome and heinous death on a cross for us, we understand we cannot possibly glorify God with our lives, we cannot esteem His intrinsic glory if we reject His Son. If we refuse God’s plan of redemption for our lives we are in essence saying we know better and consequently rob God of the glory due to Him.
To glorify God with our lives, to bring God glory through our stories means we begin by submitting to Jesus as Lord. Let me ask, have you made that decision in your life? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?
Don’t wait another day, choose to live your life with a big picture perspective and begin to glorify God today by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord. It is a decision that will forever change not only your life on earth, but your eternity as well.
If you have questions about what this means, or how to do so, please send me a message, I would love to chat!