I just finished reading “Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity” by Tim Challies. What an incredibly helpful book! He not only deals with the biblical philosophy behind productivity, but he spends a good amount of the 104 page book giving solid nuts and bolts to help, well, do more better.
Early on in the book, Challies is his catechismic styling asked this question: How can you glorify God in your day-to-day life?
I can glorify God in my day-to-day life by doing good works. You may be comfortable with this idea that God created you to bring glory to him, but the question remains: what does it actually mean to do that?
If you want to glorify God, do you need to quit your job and become a pastor? If you want to glorify God, do you need to pack up everything you own, move across the world, and serve as a missionary in the farthest and most dangerous regions? Do you only truly glorify God on Sundays when you stand in church and sing the great songs of the Christian faith? Is God only honored through you when you read your Bible and pray? Or is there a way that you can glorify God all day and every day even in a very ordinary life?
Jesus answered this question when he said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”(Matthew 5: 16). Your good works are like a light, and when that light shines, it illuminates God. When people see that light, they aren’t meant to look at you and say, “He’s incredible”or “She’s amazing.”They are meant to look at God and say, “He is awesome.”
You do not glorify God only when you talk about him, or share his gospel with other people, or stand with hands raised in public worship. Those are all good actions, but they are not the only means through which you can bring glory to God. Far from it. You glorify God when you do good works. The apostle Peter wrote, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation”(1 Peter 2: 12). Your good works make God look great before a watching world.”
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