I’ve been thinking about glory recently. We’re commanded to glorify God, but how do we do that? How can mere men and women do such a thing? And what is glory, anyway?
Well, in the first sense, glory is the very nature of God–God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5) He doesn’t even cast a shadow (James 1:17). So glory is brightness–shiningness–radiance. This is not something we can give God. It is something He is. We can’t glorify Him in this way any more than we could make the sun shine brighter.
In another sense, glory can be seen as wealth and importance. Certainly, God has those things, and we cannot increase them. Yes, we “give to God,” but He doesn’t need our gifts any more than you need the dandelion your toddler gives you. It’s dear and precious that he wants to give you something, but it hardly adds to your wealth.
Yet again, glory signifies reputation. It means telling or showing the true story about someone. So if you cooked dinner and your friend took credit for it, he would be stealing your glory. Can we give God glory by telling the truth about Him? Yes, we can–and since He is the author of all good things, for us to take credit for any of them is, again, pretty silly. Yes, you maybe opened your wallet and gave to the rescue mission, but why did you do that? If you’re a follower of Jesus, lets hope you did it because you felt Him telling you to do it, and not so that people would give you glory, or to make you feel good about yourself. So just tell the truth: “I felt God was telling me to do this” and let it go at that. Everything we have is from Him. He simply directed you to disperse some of His funds to the rescue mission. End of story.
But of course, giving God glory doesn’t end there. The chief way the believer is to bring glory to God is to allow Christ to be formed in him. While salvation occurs instantly upon believing and confessing (truthfully) Jesus as Lord, the formation of Christ within us is an ongoing process.
2Co 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
As we are changed into His glorious image–Wow! Are you being changed into His glorious image? That, my beloved family, is the way to glorify God among the nations. As the world beholds us being changed into His glorious image, many who have not yet believed, will be forced to choose–either to shut their eyes and ears and hum loudly to keep out the evidence of their senses, or to admit that God is at work in our (formerly) sorry lives.
So how do we get ourselves changed into His glorious image? How do we persuade the Spirit to do this within us? How badly do you want it? Beg Him. Pursue Him. If you don’t know that God is working in you, get down on your knees; fast and pray. Get all the godly people you know to pray with and for you. Because if the Holy Spirit isn’t working within you, you are not saved, even if you have “prayed the prayer” as prescribed, and been assured that “If you meant that, you’re a part of the family now–and on your way to Heaven.” Um . . . no.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Joh 6:63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
The words that Jesus speaks to us are spirit and life. These are words He speaks into your heart, not dead, dry words on a page. If you want Him, truly desire him, God will illumine those words to you and bring them to life. Those are the words that are spirit and life, not the symbol words on the page, but the real, live words that burn into your heart. Those are the words that change men’s souls and remake us into the image of Jesus Christ. That is how to bring glory to God.
“The glory of God is man fully alive.” ~~ Iranaeus
Grace and Peace, Cindy