God’s first great glory was seen in the act of Creation; namely man in His own image:
“So God created man in His own image. In the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27-NIV
God’s greatest glory then came through His Son in human flesh:
“[The Word became human and made His home among us.] We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 [NLT] NIV
Through His unconditional capacity to love His creation, He desired for man to reflect the glory of Himself.
“We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18-NIV
Wrap your head around this truth: you are the glory of God revealed! He created us to be a manifestation of His very likeness, and that “glory” means a lot more than merely an hour in church on Sunday morning singing songs that “glorify God”. It means that our very being is a glorification of God Himself! When He created us, it was in His own image, to glorify Him! My friends, this is a truth that will change your life, if you can grasp it! Ask Him to help you understand even a portion of what it implies for you and your life.
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18-NIV
When we see our precious Savior face to face, our glory will finally be complete! We will see it fully revealed, which implies that much of it is hidden from us at the present moment. I imagine some of the reason for this is to protect us from the downfall our pride would cause us. Certainly God only transforms us into His likeness one step at a time for a reason, otherwise we’d all be perfect upon Salvation.
No, there is definitely glory in the process. The sanctification of our hearts brings glory, and makes us a better reflection of Him. I like how the New Living Translation puts it:
“The Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.” 2 Cor. 3:18
Go take a look in the mirror. You are no accident. You were made in God’s glorious image! Do you understand what this means? Are you beginning to grasp, even a little, just how much God cares about You, His creation? Have you ever heard the saying, “A man/woman after my own heart”? Well, that’s what we’re talking about here, only to a far greater level. More then we could ever begin to comprehend. And let me mention, none of this is based on, or has anything to do with your performance! None of it! (But that is a whole other issue!)
The next time you hear that voice of self-loathing, doubt, worthlessness, unbelief, or negativity which wants you to question your life, your purpose, your desires, and most of all-who God is, and how God feels about you, RESIST IT OUT LOUD! Declare to your enemy the truth you know; what God has revealed to your heart about how He cares for you, how He loves you, and what He created you for-His glory!
From God’s heart to yours:
“Child, you are My glory, I made you just for Me. I am working everything out around you to daily transform you into My glorious image and one day; yes, one day soon, you will know My glory fully in you. You will be restored, and you will be complete.”
“A man/woman after my own heart”. This phrase does have a new revelation to me as I realize that that person after my own heart is truly the one who is after His own heart.
These are some of my favorite verses and it’s no wonder why.
We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” I can imagine the glory of our Lord, and am truly humbled by the concept that I am being transformed daily into His image. It is something I meditate on and pray about daily, for all of the reasons you mention here. Thanks for putting onto paper exactly the thoughts that I would like to share with others.