As promised, here are a few additional insights I want to share on God's glory, based on our Bible study entitled Breaking Free by Beth Moore.
She asks what it means to be created for God's glory. After considering the ways I could answer, I find her insights beautifully summarize my many thoughts.
God wants to make Himself recognizable to us and
God wants to make Himself recognizable through us.
I shared what I was learning last week about how God makes Himself recognizable to us. Now let's explore how He wants to make Himself recognizable through us.
1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us ..."So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." He's telling us His glory should be visible in everything we do. That's quite a tall order (particularly considering our fallible human nature!) Beth explains "Living a life that glorifies God is synonymous with living a life that reveals God." Feeling a bit overwhelmed by that enormous responsibility? Be encouraged by the words of Romans 3:23..."for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
In Colossians 1:24-27, Paul reveals that Christ himself dwells in the life of every believer. He takes up residence the very moment we believe and accept His sacrifice for our sins. Unless (or until) that time, we have no hope that He will be recognized in us. As Beth explains, "If we are not occupied by the Holy Spirit, we have nothing in us for Him to show." Christ is truly the fallible human's only hope of glory. I love this quote from Beth Moore,
"We were created for the purpose of giving His invisible character a glimpse of visibility. If we grasp all the eternal implications of such a destiny, we would want to do anything possible to make sure all the hindrances were removed."
If we are growing and maturing in our faith as we should, His spirit and glory should become increasingly recognizable in us, the longer we walk with the Lord. If we're completely honest with ourselves, we'll know if this is true of us. If you're unsure, ask Him if your life is glorifying Him in every possible way. Remember, we are assured in Romans 8:1 "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." If He sheds light on an area of weakness or shortcoming, it's not for the sake of condemnation, but rather for our freedom! Don't be afraid to let go of that which is holding you back from allowing God's full glory to be shown in your life. Embrace the promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."
Praying for you and with you and He empowers us mightily to bring Him the glory He deserves...may it be so.
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