YOU HAVE YOUR OWN GLORY
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. The glory of you is to live Christ instead of sin management and behavior modification, aka religion and the law.
Christ is your life because this is the truth and the accomplishment of God for you and us all. Most lack of progress as a son/daughter resulting in stagnation and blindness as a Believer is a refusal to give up on our ways of demonstrating our worthiness, merit and accomplishments to earn acceptance with God. Stephen Morrison urges,
‘Stop trying to uphold your relationship with God by yourself. Stop trying to please God, to perform for Him, or to meet some expectation you think He has of you. This is where the rubber of the Gospel meets the road of our lives. Do you trust Christ? That He is the author and perfecter of your faith? That your relationship with God no longer depends on you? If so, rest. Lay your head back, let out a big joyous laugh, and smile because you have just discovered the Gospel.’ (1)
GART GET TO A GOOD PLACE
Garth had tried hard to please God all His life. Jesus honoured His efforts and covered Him in His Grace. But when Garth came to the end of his rope one day and shouted at the Lord, ‘I can’t do this anymore!’ Jesus replied. ‘Good. Now I can do something with you.’ Garth was a long-time Christian but this moment was the start of His new birth.
Jill lay on the operating table entering her state of unconsciousness – but a state in which she was more sensitive to the world of spirit, of which she is a part and which wall the anaesthesia had thinned. Jesus came to her and said, ‘How have you been going with your life.’ Jill who was an able woman began listing her accomplishments, which actually were meritorious. Jesus stopped her in mid-sentence.
‘No, I didn’t mean that Jesus smiled. I mean how are you going at being yourself?
There are successful career people who have never arrived at being themselves in this sense. Their identity is in the externality of their accomplishments. This is part of their identity but never their real self. Living from the false self dulls us as persons, white-ants our ministry and conforms us to Adam instead of Christ.
BECOMING YOU IN CHRIST YOUR LIFE
Our real self is who we are by design, meaning who we were created to be and who we are redeemed to become. When Christ is our life, plus nothing, we advance into the reality of who we are without striving or contrivance. Sure, we may read a lot, listen to wise people and avail ourselves of teaching that is the result of revelation rather than platitude and christian aberrations. If we are a disciple who relentlessly follows where Jesus leads, we will know Him as He is, know ourselves as we are and have a degree of spiritual discernment that enables us to penetrate the Babel of the world’s confusion.
Becoming the real you – the you that Father made you and the you that will bring you the most satisfaction and result in your amazing fruitfulness as a tree of spirit and life is the foundation of the church Jesus builds. This is the engine of the New Creation Kingdom of God. Being dismissive of the incarnation is the reason that much of the structure that is called the church has not yet become the Kingdom of God.
SPIN AND LIES
The glory of Father and His sons was shaded, besmirched and questioned by the Father of Lies. But the glory of God is found in the face of Jesus Christ as is your glory. When Christ has come in our flesh we are the human face of Jesus to the world. He comes in our flesh because we agree with Him that He has.
The words ‘going from glory to glory’ are not about increasing in religiosity. They mean oneness with Jesus as you advance into the I AM of yourself because you are one with the I AM of God. The glory of God is to be Father and the glory of you is to be a son/daughter in spirit and in truth. Spirit and in truth means without affectation or illusion. It means union with God.
WHAT BRAND IS YOUR GEAR?
Self-appointed glory is the king without his clothes. You are never naked in the glory of who you are and are becoming in Christ. You are clothed both in Jesus and in your real self because your being is in oneness with God. You are what is your nature: a daughter, a son.
‘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.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 91). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.