Extreme Mind Makeover - the book on how to Overcome Sinful Habits and Glorify God with your LifeVictory over sinful habits that are hard to break - About the Book Extreme Mind Makeover About the book Extreme Mind Makeover - transforming sinful habits into patterns of life that please GodAbout Author & National Mens Speaker Steve EtnerOrder the book Extreme Mind Makeover and learn how to have victory over your sinful habits The Importance of Glorifying God with My Life - Chapter 3 Extreme Mind Makeover

"It is [God] who made us, and we are His"
Psalm 100:3

Picture this: It's Sunday morning.  You're at church and the worship service has begun.  The music begins playing and everyone joins in singing.  You look around and notice that some people have their heads bowed while others are lifting hands high, as corporately the words of the song drift heavenward.  Smiling, you begin to sing along.  "In my life, Lord, be glorified; be glorified.  In my life, Lord, be glorified today!"  Those are stirring words to be sure.  Simple, yet packed full of meaning.  "God, please be glorified in my life today!"

If that is truly your heart's desire, then you know that the only way your life is going to have real meaning is when you walk in full surrender and total obedience to God - remembering that because God is good and He is for us, whatever He commands is for our good and is His best for us.  The psalmist reminds us "It is [God] who made us, and we are His" (Ps. 100:3).  The truth of the matter is you have been created for God's glory (Isa. 43:7).  Think about that for a moment.  God created you to bring Him glory; it is programmed within your very DNA.  True purpose and meaning to life is found only when you are doing that which God created you to do - to live a life that glorifies Him.  Allow me to repeat this point again: the primary aim in the life of every Christian must be to know God and live a godly life that brings honor and glory to Him in everything we say and do (1 Cor. 10:31; cp. Col. 3:17; Eccles. 12:13).Glorifying God with My Life - Chapter 3 of Extreme Mind Makeover

In Colossians 3:17 Paul states that "whatever [we] do, whether in word or deed, [we are to] do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."  Look carefully at the way this verse is written.  There is no option here.  Whatever you do, do it in Jesus' name. This isn't something that would be nice if we could accomplish more often than not in our lives.  This is God's expectation of His children.  Now think with me for a moment.  According to this verse, everything that you say and everything you do is to honor the name of Christ.  Did you catch that?  Not just some of the things you say and do, not even most of those things.  Everything.

Let's pause and consider what we're reading.  There are some important truths I do not want you to miss.  Let's focus on Colossians 3:17 and meditate on it, asking ourselves: 1. What is this verse really saying?  2. How does it apply to me? 3. What do I need to do in my life as a result of the truths contained here?  It is critical that we be wise builders, establishing our godly lives upon the solid rock.  To do that, we need to not only hear God's Word, but put it into practice as well (Matt. 7:24-27).

 Paul starts this verse by using the word "whatever."  This word, as it is used here, refers to the total of each and every thing.  In other words, nothing - not even a single part of a thing - is to be left out of this equation.  When Paul says, "Whatever you do," he means exactly what it says.  The words, "whatever you do, whether in word or deed," are telling us that each and every word we say, as well as each and every thing we do - all of it, every part of it - must be said and done to the glory of God.  Remember, God's expectation is that we glorify Him in everything.  If it isn't glorifying Him, it is sin.

How often do you closely examine your words and actions - before ever speaking them or doing them - to make sure that they all glorify God?  Yet that is what we are commanded to do.  As the peace of Christ rules in your heart, and His words richly dwell in you, each and every part of all the things that you say and all the things you do should be focused on glorifying God.  If that sounds impossible I have great news for you - it's not!  God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2), promises us in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ who gives us the strength.  All things!  What does "all" mean?  "All" means all and that's all "all" means!  That promise includes the ability to glorify God in every single word and deed.

What's in a Word?

Look again at our verse in Colossians 3:17 and let's break it down even further.  Paul says, "Whatever you do in word or deed."  In this sentence "word" is referring not just to the actual vocabulary that comes out of your mouth, but includes the attitude or motivation behind each and every word you speak.  Simply put, you must seriously reflect on what is in your heart as you speak (Luke 6:45).  Reflect on the driving force behind every specific word you say.  Reflect on the reason you are saying this specific word and formulating this specific sentence.  Determine whether it is for your personal benefit or for God's glory.

To be a godly man or woman, you must continuously evaluate your heart's motivation for using that word to construct that particular sentence to make that particular point.  Why are you saying what you are to your spouse?  What is the real reason for talking to your children that way?  What is your goal in wording the things the way you do to your boss or co-workers?  Why did you tell your friends that story?  Your words expose what is in your heart (Matt. 12:34).  What is your heart revealing?

According to Colossians 3:17, every word you say and every action you do is to be said and done for one purpose alone ...

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