What is Glory?
The concept of “Glory” is probably misunderstood even more than “Grace” by many Christians today.
“Grace” and “Glory” are two sides of the same coin….and how we understand these concepts has a big impact on how we walk with Christ.
To understand Glory better lets Turn To Isaiah 43:4-7
Isaiah 43:4-7 King James Version (KJV)
4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Notice Isaiah tells us here that we are precious and honored in His sight.
Why – because God loves you – and “He” is the creator of the universe – and of you and me.
Illustration – Consider this – When we buy a new outfit, the label attached was put on by the creator right– not the world.
While the world will try to break us down with it’s own labels – trying to tell us we aren’t smart enough, rich enough, good looking enough, or talented enough, God has put a different label on us.
God is the creator and the creator and He determines our value.
So how does God see you?
In Psalms 119 – God says that we are more PRESEOUS than gold, and are sweeter than honey.
Psalm 139 says that you are – ONE OF A KIND
Psalm 5 – says that you are HIGHLY FAVORED
Deuteronomy 28 – says that you are BLESSED
& John reminds us repeatedly that you are LOVED by God.
This is God’s label for you.
Don’t let anyone else (including yourself) label you otherwise.
Glory begins with an understanding of who we are in Christ.
Philippians reminds us that “for us to live is Christ”
…and God loves the delight of even one true believer, according to Isaiah, more than Nations, or seas, of unbelievers. Amen
We are loved, we are precious, and we are blessed to – delight in his presence.
Rom 8:17 puts it together it this way, “we are glorified with him as children of God and fellow heirs of Christ Jesus.”
-It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me.
and Verse 5 and 6 reminds us to “not be afraid, for I am with you; from the east to the west, the North and the South – till the end of the earth.
– Remember Matt 28 – I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age.
– Hebrews 13 calls us to delight and respond to this truth saying – Let our conversation be without covetousness; …and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
In other words when our imperfections are made complete in Christ we become the vessel that allows Jesus to be the fulfillment of God’s Glory.
Col 1:27 - To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory!
So Glory 0n us – is not what we do but who we are….in Christ.
Likewise - “Kingdom work is not “what we do” it is “why” we do it and “who” we do it for.”
– Remember – we cannot earn Grace – and the flip side of that coin is what? GLORY!
– We cannot attain Glory through works of the flesh.
– We radiate Glory through the finished works of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.
Throughout History zealots like the pharisees often held to such legalism that they wrongly worked as if they could find preference to God in their piety.
– In other words “If I pray louder and memorize more scripture God will like me more.”
Today – Evangelical Christianity – has swung dangerously far – to the opposite side of understanding.
– We see in our actions – a belief system that suggests that; evangelism, teaching, and charitable efforts for the poor, homeless, and hungry might inadvertently earn us crowns in heaven or favor from God.
Many have created works based faith all over again.
It’s like the old adage that most anything in moderation is good – but anything taken to an extreme can become detrimental.
Christians today – become tired under all the pressure to perform or become jaded by the rules unnecessarily self-imposed.
Let us not forget that Jesus said – It is finished – we don’t earn favor and – we would be wise to believe him.
God created us for his glory: Bring my sons from afar …, whom I created for my glory. (Isaiah 43:6-7)
God rescued Israel from Egypt for his glory: (Psalm 106:7)
God saved Jerusalem from attack for the glory of his name: (2 Kings 19:34)
& Jesus sought the glory of his Father in all he did: (John 7:18 reads) “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”
Glory is found in the perfect presence of God Almighty.
Remember – We don’t work for Grace – we work from it.
And – We don’t work to realize Glory – We live to Radiate it.
And THAT IS WHAT MAKES LIFE SO AWESOME!
God does not Call the Strong – TO – His Glory
He Strengthens the Called – FOR – His Glory.
In our weakness he is made strong.
Remember we don’t work to realize Glory – We work to Radiate it.
There is no such thing as Kingdom work – only Kingdom ways.
If we are worn out from the battle, then we are fighting a battle that Jesus won.
If we are too busy “doing” for God – to just enjoy “being” with God – we are being deceived and need a “reset.”
It is my hope that we may all see areas in our lives where we can use a reset and we rest in Christ and who we are in Him.
As God reminds us through the Psalmist, “Be still, and know that I am God!”