This morning I was thinking about the glory of God, what it is and how it affects us as Christians. First, I needed to understand what glory is; Glory, as defined in the Old Testament (kabowd), means “abundance, riches, honor, splendor, dignity, reverence, and weight.” It is a most glorious and exalted state to be in. It is the revelation and manifestation of all that He has and is. Well, I definitely liked that, especially the ‘riches’ part. But somehow, I felt it meant so much more than anything we could possible imagine in our worldly realm, so I began to imagine what heaven is like.
According to accounts heard of people who have died and gone there or had visions of heaven and even the Word of God itself, we know the streets are paved with gold. We know that there are gates of pearls and every jewel known to man. We know that the colors of heaven make our colors look lifeless and dim and that the music of heaven has notes we’ve yet to discover. We know there are angels, majestic beings that do the will of God, who sing around his throne and proclaim his goodness and we’re not talking one or two, but hundreds of thousands, some who war, all doing as the Father instructs.
I think the part I like most about the glory of God is the part that says, “It is the revelation and manifestation of all that He has and is.” I realize just how little I know of God. As much as I do know, it’s small in comparison to all that He has and is. I have not yet seen His glory. I’ve felt His power in waves that took my breath away, gave me strong goose bumps and left me limp and weeping. But I know that that is only the affect of the glory, like feeling the wind from a hurricane as it’s coming towards you. We know there is more and brace ourselves for its powerful impact by boarding up our houses and making all things secure, but when His Glory comes, it will blow out our walls of hindrances, everything that can be shaken will be shaken. We will see and know all that He has and is.
Ephesians 3:16-19 AMP; May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, that you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
Do you see that? We have the rich treasure of His Glory in us by way of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who leads us into all truth. He is the one who reveals the Glory of God to us. We are His workmanship, created in his image so that He may dwell in us, vessels not made by hands but made by Him. We, mere humans, were made to contain His Glory. Oh my! I must make room for him to dwell in me. I must surrender the areas of misuse, pride of life, unforgiveness, selfishness, anger, hatred, gluttony, lust of the flesh, deceitfulness, all must go so there is more room for Him, the King of Glory. More of Him, less of me.
Oh Father, I want to be wholly filled and flooded with you. Wash me and I will be clean. Turn on the garden hose and put it on me, in me, I MUST be all yours with nothing held back, nothing missing or broken. I must be yours and yours alone. Now that I’ve seen what you desire, I want what you desire more than what I desire. Your plan-bigger than mine. I am not my own. I’ve been purchased with great sacrifice to yourself, your Son, your gift to me so that I could share in your Glory. Sobering. I breathe you in and exhale all of me. Fill me with your Glory, just as you did your Son while He was here on earth, so we will be filled and be many more brothers and sisters of Christ, rooted deep in love and founded securely on love. I will ponder this all day so that I may attend to your ways.