Glorifying God in Ministry


Most of us start out wanting to bring glory to God in ministry. We can, however, get so consumed in the details of administering programs that we lose focus of what such strategies should ultimately be accomplishing. Or, we can get so intent on measurable results that we compromise integrity or relationships to get there. To glorify God in ministry we must recognize that both results and the process matter.

How We Glorify God in Ministry

God is glorified by fruit born in our lives . . . results with eternal impact.

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.   (Jn. 15:8)

God is glorified by how we do ministry . . . a process that is Christ-like.

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him  (Col. 3:17).   Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God  (1 Cor. 10:31).

“Do it” refers to the process of accomplishing “whatever you do.”

If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.  If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.  (1 Cor. 3:12-15)

Notice that the “quality” of our work is tested.

Both Results and the Process Matter

Next to loving God, loving people is of utmost importance (Matt. 22:37-40).  How we treat people in the process of accomplishing ministry has eternal significance (1 Cor. 13:1-3).  We can so get caught up in the task or program, in achieving results, that we overlook or mistreat people.  Process matters so much because people matter.


  • We need a biblical handle on why we do what we do so we have standards to govern our activity.
  • We need to invest adequate preparation and planning in what we do, always acknowledging Him in all our ways and not leaning on our own understanding.  (Prov. 3:5-6)
  • We need to exercise wisdom in how we use our time.   “Be very careful, then, how you live –not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16).
  • We need to do everything without complaining and with thanksgiving as even our attitudes shape the process.  (Ps. 69:30; Phil. 2:14)
  • We need to treat people with respect and grace, fulfilling God’s priority of loving one another.  (Col. 3:12-14)

5 Replies to “Glorifying God in Ministry”

  1. I do believe I am using God’s word to do a good job in my church! I always ask for GOD’S help as I try to do things the right way! I talk to others in my church to see how they are doing and show my love for them in a godly way. I’m so happy that I have mintools to express my feelings! GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Love Leonard!

    • God’s Word and prayer are precious means God gives us to keep on track in glorifying Him in all we do. I praise God you look to Him for help in serving Him and loving His people. Keep looking to Him, Leonard.

  2. We are on course 99% of the time when we are off course. I know that the edification that has been received through the many friends has helped me to stop waivering in my walk through the power of the Blood and the comforter. Thanks. Keep up the Holy Faith.

    • Thanks, Clifton, for pointing out another means God uses to keep us on track in glorifying Him … our brothers and sisters in the Lord. As Hebrews 10:24 says, “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

  3. Thanks to you from me too Clifton! None of us is perfect in our lives here in the world. We are bound to have times when we feel we need to do better. I have a lot of people in my Church that are helping me too. But we have help from the Lord as it says in the Psalm 23. We lack nothing as Christians if we accept Gods’ Love and the help He gives us if We Will Only Believe in Him and Praise Him! In Gods Love, Leonard!

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