There is so much going on right now politically in our nation and around the world. There’s no denying that. But regardless of what’s happening or your political views, there is still only one truth: God is good, and He is in control. He needs to be the main focus because all answers and wisdom and truth come from Him. When you make your problems or worldviews or political opinions more valuable than God, you glorify those things over the One who should be glorified. It’s essential to keep your heart and mind steadfast and eyes on Jesus. Read on for four ways to glorify God over the things of the world.
Why Glorify God?
Psalm 115:1, says “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” God is worthy of our praise and worship because of His unconditional love and everlasting faithfulness. All honor belongs to God, and none belongs to the things of this world.
Glorifying God isn’t about adding to God’s glory (because He already has it all). It’s about acknowledging His glory and worthiness of our praise, obedience, and worship. Glorifying God is about recognizing His goodness, righteousness, and position as the One true King and living our lives according to His will.
How to Glorify God Daily
The main way to make God great again and make His name known throughout the world is to start in your family and community. As you actively glorify God in all you do and say, you not only please God but also create space for others to experience His love and goodness. Here are four ways for how to glorify God starting today.
1. Glorify God in Everything (not just at church)
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” It’s easy to glorify God at church. If you worship along to the music and intently listen to the Word of God, you honor Him. But it’s important to glorify God in your daily life too. Church happens once a week, but everything you do should glorify God. The way you interact with your co-workers, how you talk to your family, the conversations you have with friends, the content you post on social media… all of it can and should bring glory to God. When you do all of these things for God’s glory, they become unique opportunities to share His goodness and love with people during ordinary situations.
2. Glorify God by Doing Good to Others
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus says, “‘In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’” There’s so much division in the world right now, on the news, social media, even in the church. If you interact with people who disagree with you politically or spiritually, it can be hard to let your light shine by doing good to those people. You may be tempted to let out your frustrations or criticize their beliefs. While there is definitely a time and place for speaking the truth in love, it is important to choose to honor and glorify God in heated moments. Think about what Jesus would do… did do when people disagreed with Him. He broke bread. He let His light shine among them and, in doing so, glorified God amongst others. You can do the same!
3. Glorify God with Your Words
Our words are powerful, both the ones we speak to others and to ourselves. All of our speech should glorify God. Psalm 63:3-4 says, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Again, God is worthy of our praise, and it is our responsibility to lift up His name and make God great again by the words we speak. Speaking the truth in love, encouragement, and kindness to others honors God.
4. Glorify God with Your Relationship with Jesus
The Bible is very clear about the importance of our relationship with Jesus. In fact, in John 15:5-8, Jesus says, “‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.’”
When you prioritize your relationship with Jesus, you glorify God. One way to do this is to spend time in prayer consistently. When you have a close relationship with Jesus, you can know His will for your life. When you know His will, you can pray in His will, and God answers those prayers. Every answered prayer shows you and others how good, loving, and powerful God is. They acknowledge and emphasize His worthiness.
Make God Great Again by Glorifying Him in Everything
God is great all on His own. He doesn’t need our glory, but He is worthy of it. You can make God known to others by honoring Him with your words and actions in everything you do. Whether you’re worshipping at church or working at your desk, you can speak and act in ways that obey His will for your life.
Understanding how to glorify God is step one. The next step is to actively focus on doing so. It can be easy to let the day get away from you without even acknowledging the goodness of God. Make glorifying Him a habit, starting with purchasing the Make God Great Again t-shirt. Wear it proudly and as a reminder to you and others that God is all that matters, more than political views, “sides,” any of it. It’s time to make God the focus, and it starts with you.