Good evening dear friends! Tonight we’re going to have a bit of “audience participation” of sorts. As some of you on Wednesday nights do also, my kids and I go to church and we have classes. It’s a time when the kids get to learn about the bible on their level of understanding, the adults get to study the bible, learn about discipleship, grow in faith and understanding and have time to interact amongst ourselves and share what we know or don’t know. The young adults also have a class but I don’t have any of them in my crew, so who knows what they do. (I imagine it has to do with a lot of personal drama and hormones.) *wink
Well tonight, the group that I’m in was finishing up our study of the book The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. It’s also been made into a motion picture, which is where I first heard of it. (Both are good but the book is better…as they usually are.) As we were summarizing up everything that we had gone over and learned from this true account, (a man/journalist who was desperately seeking a way to discount his wife’s new belief in Christ, and that of so many other Christians) I was reminded of one fact that he discovered along his journey. One “formula to faith” as he put it. That we who come to believe will (over time) BECOME. That one fact is so true and I have seen it in myself in the short period that I have been walking with Christ. It’s not an instant change in that a bonfire is built, all of your rags and possessions of your past are cast into the flames, and you are some how miraculously clothed in a robe of finest silk and a halo appears over your noggin. It’s more of a light switch that is finally turned on and now you can see all the junk you have laying around and you start to declutter, with the aide of Jesus telling you what to toss and what to keep. Well, I can see now. My changes aren’t blindingly apparent to others because they are seeing their own junk, but I’m slowly clearing out the baggage and tossing away everything that doesn’t Glorify God.
Which brings me to my question for y’all…. What is Glory?? It’s a word that I’ve pondered over for a long time because I just can’t seem to understand it. I’ve googled it, I’ve looked it up in the bible, I’ve meditated on it, I’ve thought of every way that I could in which the word is used. Glory is a word that really isn’t used in any way other than when placing in the context of what you should give to God. (For those of you out there, yes, I can think of one perverted way in which some restrooms have used the term “glory”…..NOT what I’m talking about…so let’s climb out of that gutter.) Serious though. There’s songs, passages in the bible, prayers, proclamations that all use the exclamation of Glory. Glory be to God the Father. Glory and Praise to our God. Glory Hallelujah. …I understand the meaning of the words that follow the word Glory, but what is glory? I think it’s fitting that we don’t use the word for any other purpose than that of something we should give to God because I think it’s a word that can’t be definitively described. (Just like God.) It’s something that’s good, I know that much. It’s something that makes God happy and that He greatly deserves and that He alone deserves! But what does glory look like? What does it sound like? How do I do it? I know what praise looks, sounds and feels like. I know what honor looks, sounds and feels like. But glory….I’m at a loss, and that’s probably a good thing. It’s something that only God deserves and so I SHOULDN’T know what it sounds, looks or feels like. So maybe it’s something that is as unique as our own selves and testimonies are. Something that is simply me giving my best and my entire being over to Him who created me and will bring me home one day.
Maybe….Glory is the beating of my heart and the flutters it feels when I think of how awesome He is. It’s the tears that I cry because I know that, even in my valleys, He’s there for me to turn to for help and comfort as I fight to get closer to Him again. It’s the praise that I send to Him in my prayers, thanking Him for saving my daughter from drowning, for bringing my husband home safely every night, for not letting our kitchen burn down because of my stupidity. It’s everything that I give Him the credit for because if it were left up to me alone, I would fail. A lesson I learned the hard way the first 35 years of my life….and am still learning whenever I try to take the controls back.
Perhaps I’m wrong, or maybe I’m getting warm. For now, though, that’s the best answer that I have as to “what is Glory and what does it sound like, look like and feel like.” What are your thoughts?Tags: Case for Christ, Definition, faith, Glory, God, Praise, question
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