Oh, it’s December. Christmas is approaching and normally, churches had Bible quizzes or games as part of the children’s program during Christmas time. But, not only during Christmas time. I remember when I was a child, I used to memorize Bible events, various Bible characters, and even the age of those characters, just to get my teacher’s attention and of course to have that colorful ribbon with appreciation written on it. I thought… knowing these all are enough to say that I knew God.
Little did I know that, merely seeing events, stories and character’s life in the Bible (e.g. how David has been courageous, how Joseph become wealthy, how Peter walk on water, etc.) should not only be the Christian’s focus, but the most important thing is to see the Glorious Name of God in our quest for truths in His Words. But sadly, the person and the character of God, seemed to be crowded out of the Bible stories in many teachings nowadays.
Last Sunday’s sermon was really an eye-opener to me that, we should not merely see words and events, but Glory in the Gospel in the face of Jesus Christ.
“The event is not the glorious thing, but the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the Glory of God Himself. Glory creates life. That power, is itself Glory” , – Bro Quits (Sovereign Mercy Evangelical Church -SMEC Sermon, Nov.29, 2020).
I have learned that seeing Glory in Christ is essential in our Christian walk and it matters on how we live. It is essential in our salvation, sanctification and future glorification that has to be revealed. When we become born again, we died with Christ and united with Him in His death. And the same power that makes us alive in Him, is His Glory. Seeing Christ, therefore, as Glorious as He is, should be our first and ultimate Hope, and, the content of that hope should be Christ and the Glory that is Him.
Moreover, we should also walk in a manner or such a way that depicts our identity as God’s children, to live fitting to our call and living a life in dedication to the hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. We walk not to become worthy of the calling, but to walk as to show its worth or value; “I therefore a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,”- Ephesians 4:1-2
I have also learned that, this passage teaches us that our lifestyle should also show the glory of Christ. And, this is what a true Christian obedience looks like. But we should remember that in order for us to live that, we should never lose sight of God's Glory.
So finally, let us remember to always look to Him and never stop praying, that God will open the eyes of our hearts for spiritual wisdom and revelation and to finally see the immeasurable greatness of His power which is indeed, His Glory.
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.