1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
What is it that glorifies God in my life? Is it separated Christian living? Many of the Pharisees were more separated than I am. Is it the way I treat my fellowman? Many unsaved people seem to have a greater concern for fellow human beings than I do. What is it in my life that I do “to the glory of God?"
According to our text everything we do should be “all to the glory of God. " Whether we are eating and drinking, which pictures normal things that sustain this earthly life, or engaging in higher concerns that have direct spiritual connotations, everything should have the aura of God about it. Everything we engage in should be that which reminds those around us that God exists and that He is personal to His children.
The great problem is, people think this is accomplished by self-effort. We get into a mindset of checking everything by what we think it means to “glorify God" and end up in the mindset of legalism. Rather than the sweet smell of the sanctuary, we give off the rancid odor of self-righteousness and judgmentalism.
How do sincere Christians avoid this? How do we live separated lives in such as a way as to call attention to Christ and his inexpressible loveliness, without coming across as looking down our long, pious noses at everyone around us?
I think the answer is to stop “trying" to live a separated Christian life for its own sake, and begin to live in constant fellowship with the one who died for our sins and now lives to guarantee our access to God in the heavenly places.
Pharisees do not fellowship with God. They try to perform for Him. Legalists do not know the sweet freedom of walking with Christ. They know only what the should be doing and what they should not be doing.
Christ wants to bestow upon us the robe of righteous freedom, not bind us up in the strait jacket of religious performance.
The question comes, “How can I live in constant fellowship with Christ?" Let me give you some things that have been a blessing to me in recent days.
1. Stop looking at the Christian life as a task that you must perform in order to please God.
If you are in Christ, YOU DO PLEASE GOD! He is pleased to look at you as one wrapped in the righteousness of His dear Son.
2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2. Based on your relationship to God, through Christ, come to God in prayer. Most Christians don't pray very much. And when they do, it's usually a short shot toward heaven because a situation has come up that they feel is out of their control. My friend, God made us to fellowship with Him. God saved us to fellowship with Him. The reason most Christians have a hard time with prayer is that they don't understand that Christ died to give them uninterrupted access to God.
Romans 5:1 KJV Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Believe it. Regardless of how you feel, believe it. And act on it. Spend time with the Lord everyday based on who He is and what He has done, not on who you are or what you think you might have done or not done, as the case may be. Fellowship with God in spite of your feelings. Your feelings will lie to you. The word of God is true. Come to God based on grace. Come to God based on the acceptance and access He has guaranteed us because of the work of Christ in our behalf.
3. If there is definite sin in your life, repent, and ask God for the grace of repentance until you know you have really turned. When I say definite sin I mean either acts of overt sin, the omission of things commanded, or inner sins of the heart that the Holy Spirit rebukes you for. God can speak to you specifically about your sins and He will do it.
Many people hinder themselves in their fellowship with God because of a vague sense of unworthiness. (It may be a very acute sense of unworthiness. ) They know that they fall far short of the biblical standard concerning holiness and so rather than approach God with those feelings, they avoid Him and in doing so rob themselves of the very thing that would bring them the peace and victory they so ardently crave.
The truth is, we are, within ourselves, unworthy to walk with this magnificent God. But that unworthiness stems from our background. We are Adam's children. We were born of his rancid blood.
Our unworthiness also springs from our bad behavior. We have sinned horribly on our own. In Christ our background is dealt with. We are adopted legally into God's family which revokes any condemnation Adam's blood stains us with, and we are born of the Spirit which gives us the same nature as the Christ who is the head of our new race.
Our personal acts of sin are dealt with in the worth of His ever effective blood as we confess them and take God at His word that we are cleansed.
1 John 1:7 KJV But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
"Cleanseth" is the King James way of saying, “keeps on cleaning " from all sin.
Our unworthiness as a corrupt child of Adam is irrevocably dealt with by the indescribable worth of Christ Jesus our Lord and His impartation of a new heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 KJV A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
4. Finally, honesty and faith are the main requirements. Walk in the light. Call a sin a sin and then turn from it with violence. Believe that the blood of Christ removes every sin, and that the righteousness of Christ is made your very own. Doing everything we do to the glory of God does not mean striving and straining to make our flesh acceptable to God. It means that everything we do, should be done in the light of His sweet fellowship. Anything, (and I do mean anything), that hinders that fellowship should be immediately confessed as sin and forsaken.
Then, by faith, we are to walk in the light of His countenance, enjoying the light, anticipating the power and trusting that living in fellowship with Him here will one day burst into eternal glory and joy in His actual Presence. Finally, unhindered, we will be able to give Him the honor due His great name.
Don't hesitate to believe that God wants to be with you. It is why He saved you. And don't hesitate because of your unworthiness. By faith, seize that for which you have been seized by God. Walk with Christ and you will begin to see the very things in your life that you thought were hindering your walk begin to reveal His glory more and more.
Proverbs 4:18 KJV But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Romans 11:36 KJV For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
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