Reflecting God’s Glory

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 (2 Corinthians 3:18).

We are a mirror-like reflection of God’s glory. He chooses to use us to reflect His glory and character. What is God like? Look at a committed follower of Jesus and you will get a glimpse of the nature of God.

Of course, none of us are sinless, but God’s intention is for us to be salt and light to the world by reflecting His divine nature. When we choose to forgive those who do us wrong, we reflect the glory of God. When we give of our resources to helping those in need, and help the orphans and feed the hungry, we reflect the nature of God. When we display humility and we are willing to hang out with those who have very little status, just because we want to be their friend, we display the character of God.

This type of behavior is not “normal”, but it sets us apart from the world. Our motivation stems from our new nature, not from the culture. This reflection of God’s glory is not derived from our personality type, but rather from the outflow of His imputed righteousness.

This is all part of God’s plan. That’s the reason God placed us “in Christ” when we became a believer. Matter of fact, the transaction was so complete that the scripture tells us that we are placed into Christ and “Christ is placed into us” (John 17:22-23). That means wherever we go God is there, because He is in us. And where He is, we are also. That’s the reason Paul could say “…we are seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). So you can see that God has equipped us to be a reflection of His glory.

How can we be sure that we are a continual reflection of His glory? We learn by abiding in Christ. (John 14 & 15). Abiding in Christ includes an acknowledgement of your absolute dependence and trust in God. It’s resting and trusting in the sufficiency of Christ. He is not only our Savior, but He is also the source of our identity. Our ability to show genuine love comes from Him.

Christ becomes our source of everything. We are no longer defined by our secular job, economic status, or our natural talent; but these things become an outlet to reflect the glory of God. It’s no longer what I do, but who I am in what I do, that reflects the glory of God. Therefore I can say, “whatever my hand finds doing, I will glorify God”.

Bottom Line
God created us to be a reflection of His glory. As the scripture denotes, God could have the rocks cry out, but He chooses to use His children to manifest His glory. The world is looking for a demonstration of God’s existence and power. As we fix our gaze on Christ, we can be transformed and then we become a key player in revealing Jesus to our world. Consider this prayer by Oswald Chambers.

“Oh Lord, I look to you so utterly that I am more than useless without you. Be made wisdom and discernment and understanding unto me today.” (My Utmost for His Highest)