“Good Works for God’s Glory” (Inspiring Story)

Matthew 5:16 inspires us to good works for God’s glory:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As believers in Jesus, we can direct glory to our Heavenly Father in the smallest ways. Let me explain. 

I was visiting my mother this morning. She is in her 80s, and when I see her each week, I usually run errands for her or clean up as needed.

One of my motivators for taking care of my health is this:

I use my energy to make her life easier.”

Mom wanted the outside garbage container and a couple of bins filled with dried dog food cleaned.

So I woke up this morning before she did, wanting to surprise her with the completed jobs.

Since the garbage container was the heavier job, I put on rubber gloves, sprayed the container with bathroom cleaner foam inside to let it work, and then went on a morning walk.

When I returned, I scrubbed the containers with an extended cleaning brush, rinsed them, and let them air dry.

As I was sweeping off the front porch, Mom surprised me! She came to the front door and asked what I was doing.

I had no choice but to ruin my surprise and told her.

My dear Mom looked close to tears. She said, “I don’t know what to say.”

I raised my hand to Heaven and said: “Just praise the Lord. He put it on my heart to do it.”

And so she praised Him!

In what way will you glorify the Lord through good works today (service and purpose)?

Your energy can make someone else’s life easier.

Today, let Matthew 5:16 inspire you to shine, directing the glory back to God:  

 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

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About the author 

Kimberly Taylor

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.

Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."

Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.

    • Indeed, Dora! This reminds me of a quote by the late motivation speaker Jim Rohn: “I’ll take care of me, for you; you take care of you, for me.”

  • Thank you for this. I have an adopted teenage daughter with extreme behavioural and emotional challenges. She has been arrested several times for assaulting me and my husband, who has now left us. Through it all I can say it is the Lord who has sustained me. I have been able to share this with the many professionals involved with her care. This morning you have reminded me that this is my service for Him – and that encourages me to keep going. Thank you. Px

    • My Lord, Paula – I can’t imagine those challenges and I am praying that the Lord strengthen, help and uphold you as you are going through this season. Yes, I too believe that the Lord will reward you for your service to Him. I thought about you in this story:

      “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

      “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)”

  • What a Beautiful storie Kim, I truly enjoy being a Blessing to other’s because I know it will not only please them but my Daddy also, I think it pleases me sometimes more than them, I’m sure of it…..God Bless..

    • Amen, Roberta – it is an honor to glorify the Lord through our service and purpose. I know He is pleased!

  • I can say I enjoy helping my neighbors I take them to their doctors appointment and we shop together. Help with the laundry. Her husband and my husband have heart disease, so he calls me when his aide doesn’t show up, I fix his breakfast. I really do enjoy being used by my Father amen.

    • Thanks Julie – she actually said something to that effect as she was praising the Lord. I am blessed to have her as my Mom – wonderful woman. She was a single mother and at one point when I was growing up, held down 3 jobs to support my sister and me (1 full-time job and 2 part-time jobs). She sacrificed so much for us; my sister and I are honored to care for her now!

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