Glory is the prompt word for Day 20 of #write28days. It makes me think of brilliance or radiance, and of course, my thoughts went to God. Then I heard in my head the voice of John Michael Talbot singing the words – the glory of the nations, a light for all to see – from the song, Immanuel, by Michael Card. I will share the song at the end of the post.
Jesus is the perfect representation of God, because He is God incarnate. He left His glory to become human like us, so He could redeem us.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
WE ALSO REFLECT GOD’S GLORY
Because God created us in His image, we can reflect His glory, though imperfectly. Through the sharing of our lives using whatever gifts we have, we can be a light to those in darkness.
Matthew 5:14-16 (CSB)
You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
This is why I share my words, photos and art. I want to point people to God. I want them to experience the peace, joy and freedom I have in Him.
Some people don’t want to hear the message of Jesus. There are some who think a belief in God is fine for me, but it’s not for them. Maybe they think there is no such thing as a loving God. But He does not cease to exist because someone doesn’t believe in Him.
Perhaps it’s because of how they’ve been treated by those who say they follow Jesus. They may have been turned away by the very people who could have shown love. Maybe they felt judgment and never heard about God’s mercy.
SOME PEOPLE MAY CHALLENGE YOU
There are people near me who probably think my relationship with God is just a crutch, much like a drug or good luck charm. But they would be wrong. Nothing can uproot the peace in my soul. Some may challenge and attack my belief, but in the end it will be standing strong.
1 Peter 4:14 (NLT)
If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you.
God is changing me through the trials and the blessings in my life. He doesn’t let a moment go to waste. I can rejoice knowing that His Spirit is with me always.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
On the album, Brother to Brother, John Michael Talbot and Michael Card team up to sing each other’s songs. This combination of Immanuel and Behold Now the Kingdom fits so beautifully with Jesus as our glorious Light.
May God enable us to reflect His glory and shine His Light for the world to see!
And may the Holy Spirit help the wandering ones to find their way back home to God, who is full of love and mercy.
What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you. Your opinion is important.
You can find the rest of my #write28days series HERE.