Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
What do you think of when you think of the glory of God? I think of the angels who announced his birth. I think of things that are shiny, bright, and light. But it’s hard for me to describe the glory of God. Maybe that’s a defining characteristic—God’s glory is something that we humans cannot fully imagine or describe.
But the Bible verse for this episode talks about doing things for the glory of God. So that adds another layer of questions. How can we do something for the glory of God? What is it is it that brings glory, or gives glory to God? I like what Bob says in our script today—that when we do something for the glory of God we are doing something in such a way that it makes God look good. We focus on God, not ourselves. That reminds me of Matthew 5:16 where Jesus says, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” The purpose for our lives and for our works is to give glory to our Father in heaven.
God’s glory is all the attributes of God’s character, including God’s love, mercy, grace, wisdom, power, and goodness. God is all powerful and in charge of all things. All things exist to carry out his will and to make his kingdom a reality on earth as it is in heaven. When we make these things evident by the way we live, love and work, we bring God glory, we do it all for the glory of God.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who visited Liz’s class for career day?
A. Bob the garbage man.
Q. Whose plane did Lucille and Spike get to ride on?
A. Mr. Tromp’s corporate jet.
Q. What plane did Liz get on?
A. A plane for sky-diving.
Q. What was the pilot’s name?
Q. Who else was on the plane with Liz?
A. Bob the garbage man.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What does it mean to glorify God? Why is it important to God that we glorify him?
To glorify God means to make God look good. It means to worship God and to acknowledge God as the giver of all that you have.
Why is it important that we glorify God?
The Bible tells us that we were created to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7). In order for the world to know what a wonderful God he is, God wants us to show the world his glory—to show the world the world what kind of God he is. (See and discuss John 15:8; John 17; Romans 8:21; Ephesians 1:6, 3:16; 1Timothy 1:11.)