Your Vision: You are Created to Live from Glory to Glory
Should we live for the glory of the Lord, in the glory of the Lord, or as the glory of the Lord? It certainly seems appropriate to live and do everything for God’s glory. But what about living in and as His glory? This may seem like a small distinction—that I’m thinly slicing a few tiny words, but the difference will have an enormous effect on your life. This may be the key factor in how you see yourself in the Kingdom of God. It may also determine the level of blessings and abundance you establish in this lifetime. God indeed reveals that He intends for us to experience a transformation into His glory.
So what is the glory of God? Well, not to be confused with worldly glory bestowed upon you by other created beings, this Kingdom glory is granted by the Creator of the universe. It is the very pinnacle of glory—being the same glory granted by God the Father to Jesus Christ.
So let’s jump right in by looking at a verse that talks about our transformation into this realm of glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
What a magnificent disclosure from the Lord! When we look at God in the plainness and unhidden truth which He intended, we begin to see and comprehend His glory. And as we do, we are transformed into that same realm of glory.
What does this mean for you (and me)? This vision for your life is centered on the realization that as a Christian you are in a continual state of glorification. And once you enter this path, you will live from one wonderful level of glory to another (from glory to glory). God longs to fill every fragment of your existence with His unending and splendor-filled glory. This is why you were made in the first place—to both glorify God and to bask in His glory as a glorified being.
Can you imagine what Gods glory is like? Well neither could I until I dug in a little and started reading how God Himself describes His glory. From Genesis to Revelation, He reveals it continually and in ways that make it easy for all of us to understand. In some sense, the entire Bible is a revelation of His glory.
Just to begin our understanding, let’s look at a short verse in Psalm 19.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Imagine the wonders of the universe: supposedly infinite, with perhaps billions of galaxies, trillions of stars and amazing powers and forces that are barely conceivable by our supposedly advanced scientific minds. I watched a TV series recently on the latest theories, such as the notion of a multiverse (or metaverse) and an associated theory called the membrane theory (or M theory). Amazingly, each time theorists reveal a new way of understanding our universe, it still requires an intelligent creation—the hand of a Creator. This latest theory reveals an even greater level of glory than just the single universe that we’ve traditionally envisioned.
Now turn the other direction and ponder that mankind still cannot find the smallest particle within the atom. Then contemplate the workings of life and the infinite complexities of the human body. Oh how amazingly wonderful are the functions and intricacies of every system in your body. Surely they attest to something more than random chance—or evolution. They attest to the glory of a Creator. What kind of glorious being could have developed the blueprints and patterns for even the simplest living cells? Only an infinitely intelligent, glorious God!
Every tiny piece of God’s creation beckons us to ponder the source of such magnificence. All created beauty reflects the deep love of the Creator. His beauty, grace, and strength are discernible to anyone who does not willfully choose to ignore such splendor.
Our worldly definition of the word glory is miserable and lacking compared to God’s intended meaning. Most people think of glory only in terms understood outside of the Bible. Most often when we think about someone having glory we think of military heroes, sports starts, popular recording artists, and movie stars. Worldly glory is granted by other people. It’s given by fans, the press, and people that vote for some award to be given.
But worldly glory always comes with a price and is taken away as quickly as it is given. Movie stars and recording artists are granted temporary glory, only to be gloriously torn down by the same people that put them there. Our popular notion of glory includes the fact that someone can be “shot down in a blaze of glory.”
God’s glory however has no let down—it’s a permanent high! It’s always accompanied by joy, elation, and best of all, with a peace that surpasses all understanding. Kingdom glory cannot be granted or bestowed upon you by other humans. Only the Creator of the universe (or multiverse)—the great I AM—God the Father, can bestow such amazing glory. Likewise, this glory cannot be taken from you by other humans, the press, anything, or anyone else. It’s yours to keep during this lifetime and for all of eternity if you choose to keep it.
It is a humbling thought that a God whose glory can be seen in the expanse of the universe, desires that we partake of His glory.
When I consider Your heavens, the works of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that you visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
God is mindful of you! He visits you through a personal infilling of His Spirit and crowns you with His glory and honor! He seeks you from the deepest heaven, calling to your innermost depths to hear Him; accept Him; and love Him. God calls this “Deep calling unto deep.” (Psalm 42:7)—calling you to share His glory.
And all of this glory is possible in your life by simply believing in Jesus Christ and having faith in what He says. It’s yours for simply believing!
2 Thessalonians 1:12
that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The very substance and being of Jesus Christ, who has been magnified and glorified above everything, and everyone, becomes part of the glory that shines forth from your depths. Jesus specifically prayed that all of the glory that was given to Him by God the Father be given to those who call on His Name.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one
It is the glory of God in all of its fullness and richness that was given to Jesus Christ and now through Jesus, it is given to you. All of God’s glory – His total stock of magnificent glory – was given to Jesus. And now He has given that same measure of glory to you, not withholding any of it! In this glory you are woven with both Jesus and the Father into a wonderful transforming union of light and righteousness.
Now, let’s get back to this statement from 2 Corinthians 3:18 where we are told that “we . . . are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
This glory granted to you by God is the kind that has no end. There are increasing degrees of this glory—perhaps infinite levels. So just when you think that glory could not possibly be any better, it gets better, deeper, and more intense. This glory cycle will never diminish, only growing and increasing in you from glory to glory —from more to more, from better to better.
The phrase “glory to glory” is just three words, but what a magnificent vision for your life. It’s much different than the way most of us Christians live—perhaps you have seen it or are living it yourself—you know, living from glory to defeat to glory to defeat and on and on. God doesn’t want you riding these tumultuous peaks-and-valleys, living for a moment in glory, then in some condition that is less than glorious, and then again in glory. I’ve been riding that horse most of my life and let me tell you that in my case, it was absolute wretchedness.
Instead, God tells us to live from glory to glory, devoid of depths, and without diminished living. He tells us to ride his magnificence to higher and higher levels ascending into heaven’s heights of glorious delight.
God did not make you to grovel and subsist in the lowness of created beings. You were not made to harbor disease, stress, lack, and failure. You were made by the Creator to flourish in the realm of glory! Let’s believe the Scripture and rejoice in His revelation.
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