I read somewhere that God’s kingdom is like a movie and that the believers are the prequel. In other words the way we live should be exciting enough for nonbelievers to rush out and by tickets (convert) to be part of the amazing life.
So how do we reflect His glory? Of course we can never be perfect and we also know that God is totally self-sufficient and that His worth isn’t based on what other people think. However, as we begin to grasp how immense and incredible God’s glory is, it starts to show up in our lives. As we demonstrate mercy and forgiveness to a friend that has wounded us, we are agents of God’s mercy. When we remain faithful to our relationships, loving others through thick and thin, we are reflecting the glory of God’s unconditional love.
When we help the poor, the needy, and the marginalized, we are representing our God’s heart of justice and compassion. As our lives begin to line up with the principles of God’s Word, we highlight the glory of God’s perfect wisdom.
Paul reminds the Corinthians that the purpose of our redemption was that we might glorify God. There is no greater privilege or calling than reminding the world how incredible and vast our God is. The psalmist points out that the heavens declare His glory. Creation speaks loud and clear about His creative power and divine nature. His Word paints a magnificent picture of His glory, recording the drama and wonder of God’s interaction with His people. And we have, on a daily basis, the responsibility of reflecting and representing God’s glory in this world.
He is the source of perfect wisdom, undiminished holiness, unflinching faithfulness, perfect justice, and the realities that He is all-powerful and all-knowing. Simply put, His glory is all that He is in His all-surpassing, praiseworthy, stunning perfection.
And all you have to do to receive His glory is to just ask. Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 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. (2 Cor. 3:16-18, NLT)
When we turn in repentance to the Lord, we can see (again). When we live in the Spirit, we are slowly being transformed into the image of God. When God is personally present in our lives, we are able to live fully. When we abide in the Holy Spirit, we shine, we glow, and we reflect God’s glory to the world.