What do you think of when you read the word “glory”? I think of giving credit to whom credit is due, honoring someone, holding someone in high esteem, praising someone or giving all the accolades to someone who deserves it. That may work for human form of glory, but God’s glory is something entirely different.
God’s glory is the way in which He chooses to make Himself recognizable in our life. That’s right, how He displays Himself in our very life brings glory to Himself. The Bible tells us everything He made brings Him glory. Psalm 19:1 NKJV “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
We are like mirrors of His glory and we’re being transformed into His image according to 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
What do mirrors do? Mirrors reflect whatever is held up in front of it. The Bible is telling us we are like mirrors reflecting God’s glory. What we put in front of us matters. If we choose to put garbage (sex outside of marriage, violence, filthy talk) in front of us, then garbage is what we reflect. On the other hand, if we choose to put God in front of us, we reflect God. I do not mean to say that it is by our power we reflect God, because God is the one in us reflecting His glory through us. On the contrary, I am saying we can hinder the reflection of God’s glory by choices we make.
As I think about how we reflect, like a mirror, God’s glory, it reminds me of what Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:14-16 when He said “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” We are called to let our light shine and not do anything that may snuff out the light.
Another way to put is do not grieve the Holy Spirit in us as Ephesians 4:29-31 teaches: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”
Can others see God’s glory in your life? Don’t get discouraged by how you’re not reflecting God’s glory very well. Remember Romans 3:23 teaches us we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:24 goes on to tell us we are “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” As Christ has justified us through His grace, let’s do what 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Father God, thank you for your Holy Spirit in us, who reflects your glory through us. Enable us to reflect your glory in all we do, say and think this day. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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