"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
GLORY - beauty, power, or honor; a quality of God's character that emphasizes His greatness and His authority.
I learned there are 3 aspects of God's Glory in the scripture.
1. We fall short of His Glory which is the moral beauty and perfection of Christ. Romans 3:23 tells us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
2. God reveals himself to man as a visible presence of His glory. We experience that glory through Jesus.
3. When we praise Him, we experience God's Glory. We give honor to Him.
The Word became flesh. God became Jesus. God sent Himself in the form of Jesus to take our place on the cross. Because His Spirit lives among us we can experience Glory. We experience it through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. When we are praising and worshiping our Savior, we feel the presence of God descend upon us - that is Glory! We feel God's Glory around us when we commune with Him. We see His Glory in all the beauty of nature. A sunrise, a sunset, the moon, the stars, a newborn baby. All these things showcase the Glory of our God.
The desire of Christians should be that our lives are thus transformed into the glorious image of God. We need to be revealing Christ through our actions, our words and our deeds.
Our lives should be the physical evidence to others of the Glory of God. When I think about that I realize how I fall short of this daily. It makes me even more determined to try harder to live in the reality of who God is.
Lord, I want to be evidence of the grace and Glory of You. I want to see Your Glory in all the beauty of Your creation. I desire for the Word to dwell in me. Manifest itself in me. Overflow and spill out of me to those I encounter. Let me be poured out for You. Let me be Your servant. Let me behold Your Glory.
Joyfully, gloriously His,