Everything comes from Him
and exists by His power
and is intended for His glory.
"The purpose of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified. Because this whole thing is His.
I've been a Christian pretty much my whole life. I've had a relationship with Christ from a young age, and that has influenced who I am today and how I've lived my life. However, it's only in the past few years that I've felt closest to God than I've ever felt before. As I've grown older, my relationship with Christ has deepened and my faith has grown stronger, as it should.
As I've grown closer to Him and more mature in my faith and understanding of Him, the more He begins to teach me and challenge me in my faith. It's a little uncomfortable at times because I'd rather just live in my little bubble and stay comfortable... But I don't think that God just wants us coast through life, like it's all about us, like our faith is just a part of our life that we keep quiet about, so as not to offend anyone or feel embarrassed for what we believe.
"Once we determine that God's glory is our goal, we stop taking the path of least resistance and start taking the path of most glory to God.
-Mark DriscollIf we're not staying close to Him, it's very easy to get caught up in the distractions of life and to become so consumed with ourselves and our goals...that we oftentimes forget the reason we are here; we forget that it's all about HIM and not about us. Our goal as Christians is to glorify God above all else!
To do this, we must focus most on our relationship with Jesus. The more we get to know Him, the closer we are to Him, the more we fall in love with Him, the more thankful we are for He has done for us, the more our lives will glorify God without really trying. But we must stay in His word, we must pray continuously and fix our thoughts on Him always!
"What I discovered is that God’s goal for our lives is not about our busyness or the activity we do for Him. Our goal is to bear "fruit" for the purpose of glorifying God and building His Kingdom. And the way we bear this fruit is only through cultivating a close relationship with Jesus."
What does it mean to give glory to God? Some definitions of glory are: great honor, praise, or credit; a source of pride; adoration; worshipful thanksgiving; a state of happiness. Glorifying God with our lives is setting a good example to others by the way we live; it's reaching others for Him; it's reflecting the love of Christ through our words and actions; it's being thankful to Him for everything we have and realizing that everything we have comes from Him; it's giving Him the credit for everything we accomplish and not pointing to ourselves.
It's all for Him!