How we live is how we exalt God. The world exalts what is evil, but we are called to exalt what is holy by living a holy life. This is what it means to exalt God.
Recently, I had one of those mornings where I didn’t feel like getting up, yet I had a serving role to do. My heart started to grumble as I got ready to start the day. However, God reminded me that no matter what we are facing, God deserves our praise.
When we remember the goodness of God and how He loves us so much to grant us eternal life to those who live in Christ, we can’t help but have a heart of gratitude.
A life that exalts God is a life that remembers what Jesus did for us on the cross. I pray that the cross never gets old for us. May our joy always be rooted in how much God loves us. Though we deserve death, Jesus made a way through His blood for us to be made right and have eternal life with Him.
We serve a God who never changes and is always good and faithful. Let Psalm 100:5 reign in your heart every day: “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.”
Exalting God starts with guarding our hearts. One of the best ways to guard our hearts is to guard what we see. Let us make a covenant with our eyes to see nothing wicked. As believers in Jesus, our body is where God dwells. We are His temple and therefore are called to honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Psalm 24:3-4 says, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…”
Let us be careful to guard our hearts by guarding what we see so that Jesus can reign in us and through us. Are there things in your life that you need to cut off for the sake of purity?
We are called to exalt God because He is holy. When we choose to live a holy life, we are choosing to exalt God.
God says, “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Though Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so that we could be made holy, it does not mean we now don’t need to live holy lives. We are called to live in Jesus by living out His ways of holiness.
Hebrews 10:26 makes it clear saying, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.”
God’s mercy is available when we mess up, but let’s make the standard to live a blameless life before God. Give God our best because He gave us His best. How we live shows whether we love Jesus. We can say with our words that we love Him, but our actions should also prove that we love Him. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” Romans 12:1 also tells us that our true and proper worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.
Does your life show that you exalt God?
Living a holy life isn’t burdensome when we see the beauty of God’s holiness. Holiness is beautiful because it encompasses everything that God is.
When we choose to live pure and set apart, we are showing God that we love Him and value what Jesus did on the cross for us. Jesus died and shed His blood for us so that we could be made holy and have a right relationship with God. Why would we turn back to darkness when we now see the light? So remember what it means to exalt God.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for dying to make me holy. Help me to exalt You with my words and my actions.