16-The Disciple As A Vision of God

Day 16: The Disciple as a Vision of God’s Glory

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: Ephesians 1:3-6

Assignment: Make a list of the purposes you have as a disciple of Jesus.

Lesson to Learn: The purpose of a Christian’s life is to bring glory to God!

What is the reason that God chose you as His child? Why are we disciples of Jesus Christ? We saw Jesus’ role in coming to Earth was to bring glory to His Father through His actions. Bringing salvation to all men was part of the role that Jesus had. As Christians, our purpose is to bring glory to God through our actions. Our lives are testimony to the world of the grace of God at work. Sharing the Gospel with the lost is one of the most important ways that we can bring glory to God. However, it is not the only way to glorify God. It would be of no glory to God to share your faith daily and yet have an adulterous relationship that no one knows about, or to be studying the Bible with people and yet not teach our children the truths of God’s Word. As in all areas, we must have a balance that will then give glory to God.

1. Ephesians 1:3-6 – God chose us to be disciples before the world was even created. He saw us as His children before the first atom or molecule was brought into existence. Why did He choose us? The Bible says it was to the praise of His glorious grace! In others words, it was so that people would praise God because of His choice. God wants us to bring praise to His name. This is the underlying purpose behind everything that we do. Why are you a disciple? Do you see clearly the purpose for God choosing you to be His disciple?

2. Acts 2:42-47 – The first Christians had many aspects to their new lives. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. They were very benevolent as they shared what they had with those who had a need. The result is that God was praised! Their new Christian lives were fulfilling a purpose that God had for them. Then, the natural consequence of this was that they grew in numbers. Growth was a natural by-product of their lives. People were attracted to what they saw and therefore became Christians. Do you see yourself as having the same purpose as these Christians? What do you need to change? Do you think your life is attractive to those in the world?

3. 1 Peter 4:11 – The Christian must be able to look at his life and know that he is glorifying God in all areas. Peter said that in all things God may be praised! What a specific direction he gives us here for our lives! Can you say with confidence that in all things your life brings praise to God?

4. John 21:18-19 – God expects us to glorify Him in all areas of our life, even in our death. Jesus looked at Peter and expected him to imitate in all areas. Peter’s death would glorify God. Do you see yourself so committed to your purpose as a disciple that you would even glorify God in your death? When a disciple doesn’t fulfill his purpose, he will feel that his life is pointless. Many times, what is really the case is that the Christian doesn’t understand his purpose. What he may be actually doing is not fulfilling some aspect of his Christianity. We are called to be lights in the world. Our deeds must cause others to give praise to our Father who is in Heaven (see Matthew 5:14-16).

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