How Do I, “Live For God’s Glory Alone”?

Just last year was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which heralded The five solaes (sola, meaning “alone” in Latin), as the core foundation for the Christian Faith. These five truths are vital to understand because they separate Christianity from every other world religion. “Soli Deo Gloria” is Latin term meaning Glory to God alone – a premise upon which and for which many people died.

“Soli Deo Gloria” is Latin term meaning Glory to God alone – a premise upon which and for which many people died

Christians and the local church exist for one purpose; bringing glory to God alone: not for you, not for your name, but through His bride, the local church. Mark Dever the Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. said, “We believe the local church is the focal point of God’s plan for displaying His glory to the nations. Our vision is simple; Churches that reflect the character of God.” (The Nature and Purpose of the Church: 9 Marks of the Church)

This is an absolute counter-cultural scandalous statement to make, “All the glory belongs to Him alone!” In a culture where people live simply to drink, eat, and to be merry (Ecc. 8:10), as the day is short like a vapor in the air (Jam. 4:14), Christians exist for this one driving singular purpose- to glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Here are three lessons I’ve learned in the past 10 years being in ministry about the glory of God.

1. God is Jealous for His Glory

The Westminster Catechism begins with the opening statement, “The chief end of men is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”

The chief end of men is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever

Why? Because the Bible is for us, but it is not about us. It is about God’s pursuit of His glory.  As Jonathan Edwards said, “What makes Christ glorious is an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.”

As you read Scripture with this in mind, it is impossible to ignore God’s pursuit of His glory:

To God, who is full of wisdom and knowledge, be all glory, honor, and praise (Rom. 11:3-5). To the Righteous Ruler and the Holy King be all exaltation and adoration (Isa. 6:3). All creation joins with the resounding of heaven and earth for this one single purpose – to glorify in the beauty and majesty of the Triune God who deserves all worship (Psa. 115:1)

Ask for God to help you as you seek to bring Him glory above all else in your life.  We cannot do this in our strength alone. I often prayed as I thought of the church I Pastor at, “God, I desire to pursue Your glory in my life and my church, would you help me to do so?” I prayed this earnestly as a young seminarian, and I still want this to be a reality in my life.



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  1. Thanks for sharing!

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