A conscientious minister once cried out in exasperation to Jesus, ‘Lord, I just can’t do it anymore.’
‘Good’ replied Jesus. ‘Now I’ll be can do something with you!’
Giving glory to God is more than engaging in praise and worship and more than being busy for the cause. It is living in what He has done and being who you are in Him. This starts by possessing rest. It involves revealing our Father by being a son, releasing spirit and life, multiplying what Jesus began and living to your design. Is this some religious juggling act? Not at all. It is simply Christ our life.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’’ John 1.14 NIV.
Individually and collectively we can deny God His glory by dulling ourselves and quenching our spirit and life. We can immerse ourselves in the work of the church and be so fully engaged in work that we are never ourselves. Our glory is not to be seen. What is seen is some kind of automaton. Our glory is smothered in our doings, dulled by our habitual routines and obsessive attempts to be seen as worthy in the sight of others and ourselves. Why is this?
We shine brightly as the son when we are fully ourselves in spirit and in truth. As sons of God in fact rather than notionally we are charged with spirit and life because we are alive in the spirit of sonship. Jesus lived in this and has gifted Himself to us as our life.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
The glory of God is to be Himself. Your glory is to be you. God is I AM. You are who you are in Christ but never yourself in anything else. This is why Christ and not religion must be our life. It is why union with God and not marriage to the law must be our sustenance and why the persons of the trinity and not abstractions and rules must be the source of our being.
God is ultimately personal and the supreme entity in the universe. Trace everything that is back to its source and we have the trinity. This is why we cannot honour God as an abstraction because this is not what He is. Neither can we be ourselves as rule-keepers and rite observers and be glorious because we are persons and not abstractions. God does not insist that we keep the law. He asks that we receive His Son while Jesus offers to be our life.
‘The command of God is to believe His Son. The testimony of Jesus is ‘I am your life.’’
It is through Christ that we are brought into relationship with God – not as estranged and theoretical sons but as sons in spirit and in truth. God as the trinity is completely whole and authentically God. All are individuals, all live in harmony, all facilitate the authenticity of each other and all are love personified. Jesus became what we are in order than we may become what He and the trinity are in spirit and in truth. In Jesus we get the Spirit of Sonship and the anointing of Holy Spirit without measure.
‘I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them’ John 17.26 NIV.
You will never be yourself living in the externalities of religion, never be manifest in your true glory in the law and never be able to bring more than a few drops of glory to God with an identity as a performer. Why? God to you will never be who He is and you will never be yourself. We can only be ourselves when hidden in Christ. Here we are revealed as the sons we are and are glorified bringing glory to our Father and the Son.
‘So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come’ 2 Cor 16,17 NIV.
‘Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely’ 1 Cor 13.12 NIV.