We use the word glory quite a lot in Christian circles. But what does it mean when we say, “Glory to God!”?
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I don’t know if you can really define glory. All you can do is see how it’s used. I want to talk about four uses – 2 from the Old Testament and 2 from the New.
Glory is the visible manifestation of God.
This is probably the most well-known. In the tabernacle and temple, there was a visible ball of light as bright as the sun. This was called The Glory.
Glory is the weight assigned to God.
How much weight do you give to what God says vs. what the world says? What Christ says vs. what the doctor says?
Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
We must give God the weight that His name deserves. His ways, His will, and His Word are more important than anything else. How much priority do you place on the Lord’s will for you? That’s the glory you give Him.
Glory is an opinion expressed about God.
What’s your opinion of God? That’s the glory you give Him.
“He’s nice; I talk to Him once a week.”
How do you affect the opinion others have about God? Jesus looked at it this way…
I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
We give glory to God in our service to Him. Standing in church with your hands lifted doesn’t raise people’s opinions of God. It’s what you do out there on the street. I can tell your opinion of God, by how you serve Him.
Glory is the visible sign of God at work.
This is probably the most important one. When others see God’s work in us, it brings the focus to Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
We’re the clay pot that houses this glory. Should His glory be in a clay pot? I don’t think so, but God planned it like that. He wants His glory to be seen in us.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Do everything so that people see how much weight you give to God. And how high an opinion you have of God. But mostly, so they can see God at work in and through you.
Question: How have you seen God’s glory in your life?
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