Over the past couple of days we have been focusing on glory. God is glorious and shares that glory with his creation, primarily us. God made us with glory within and for glory to be received.
Psalm 8:5. Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
Exodus 33:18. Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
To be image bearers, that is, to be alive, means that we have a deep longing for glory. Look at Moses’ prayer above. When God told Moses that he would no longer travel with the Israelites because of their sin, Moses petitioned God and begged for his presence to stay. “Show me your glory!” he cried.
We are meant for God and for his glory. We shrink within ourselves when we don’t have it. We are made to receive his glory and to declare his glory.
1 Chronicles 16:23-24. Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Yes, we are made for glory. In fact, we are glory junkies. Everything we do, we do for glory- to gain it or relive it.
But the life of Christ in us ends the need for recycled glory. We find glory in Christ and in his indwelling life. To live is Christ, therefore to live in Christ is glory. His purpose, his love, his respect, his presence, his acceptance, his accomplishments are all shared with us. He is meaning, purpose, weight, beauty, and significance.
Colossians 1:27. Christ in you the hope of glory.
Over the next couple days we will continue to explore the connection between life, glory, and Christ. And we will jump into Genesis 3 and our fall from glory.