God’s Glory Shining Through

To set the stage for these thoughts, please take just a moment to recall the scene which unfolds in Luke 2:1ff. Following the glorious events the shepherds were privileged to experience, they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.” One thing is certain: God’s glory was shining through these events, especially in the lives of the people involved, because God’s purposes were being fulfilled.

Similarly, God’s glory shines through our lives when His purposes are being fulfilled in our lives. This is, in my estimation, how we let our lights shines—we allow God’s glory to shine through us. Since this is true, each of us should regularly consider whether or not we are living into God’s purposes for our lives. In doing so, we can be sure that our days are filled with meaningful endeavors. Indeed, we can know that we are on the way to finding true fulfillment in life. We can be sure that God’s glory is shining through.

As I’ve thought about this, many biblical examples have come to mind. I’ll mention just a few. What struck me as amazing is the variety of circumstances from which these examples arise. This variety is helpful in that it enables us to see that the actions were prompted by numerous different circumstances. Consider the following examples of God’s glory shining through specific individuals:

— Sometimes it grows out of what’s in a person’s heart – The sinful woman with the alabaster jar of expensive perfume who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair and, then, anointed his feet with the perfume, Luke 7:38.

— Sometimes it reflects a person’s nature – Mary, who had chosen the better part, and was sitting at Jesus’ feet, Luke 10:42.

— Sometimes it is obvious that it is something for which a person has been specially prepared – Barnabas sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet, Acts 4:37.

— Sometimes it’s in response to the needs of others – the woman in Joppa named Tabitha, who was always doing good and helping the poor, Acts 9:36.

— Sometimes it’s in response to what individuals are commissioned to do – “Ananias, go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul…” Acts 9:11.

— Sometimes it’s a matter of working behind the scenes, assisting others in fulfilling their God-given roles – Priscilla and Aquilla, invited Apollos to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately, Acts 18:26.

Thinking about these examples helps me to understand that no matter who I am, what my circumstances are, what challenges or opportunities I’m faced with, what special talents and treasures God has entrusted to my care, there are ways in which I can live that will allow God’s glory to shine through my life. The fact that it can be done doesn’t make it automatic, though. It is still my responsibility to choose to live into the Lord’s will for my life. Perhaps the following questions, drawn from the examples above, will help each of us consider whether or not we are doing this:

— Am I serving the Lord from a heart full of love and appreciation for all that He means to me?

— Am I being true to my new-nature in Christ to worship and serve the Lord?

— Am I utilizing the talents and resources over which the Lord has made me steward in His service?

— Am I sensitive to the needs of others and responding to them with the heart of Christ?

— Am I living into God’s call on my life and acting in obedience to His will?

— Am I willing to work behind the scenes in order that God’s will be accomplished through others?

Remember: when we live according to God’s will, His purposes are being fulfilled in our lives and His glory shines through!

© Bill Williams, October 24, 2006

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9 Responses to God’s Glory Shining Through

  1. Maria says:

    Just surfing your blog again!
    Every blessing
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  2. Donna says:

    Wonderful thoughts. My way of letting God shine through may be different from yours…it may even come about for different reasons…I like that. It goes against the “cookie cutter Christians” our churches today try to produce.

  3. Kathy says:

    Today’s devotional from “My Utmost For His Highest” addresses this is such a powerful way, imho.

    October 25, 2006
    Submitting to God’s Purpose

    I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some —1 Corinthians 9:22

    A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. Unless we have the right purpose intellectually in our minds and lovingly in our hearts, we will very quickly be diverted from being useful to God. We are not workers for God by choice. Many people deliberately choose to be workers, but they have no purpose of God’s almighty grace or His mighty Word in them. Paul’s whole heart, mind, and soul were consumed with the great purpose of what Jesus Christ came to do, and he never lost sight of that one thing. We must continually confront ourselves with one central fact— “. . . Jesus Christ and Him crucified” ( 1 Corinthians 2:2 ).

    “I chose you . . .” ( John 15:16 ). Keep these words as a wonderful reminder in your theology. It is not that you have gotten God, but that He has gotten you. God is at work bending, breaking, molding, and doing exactly as He chooses. And why is He doing it? He is doing it for only one purpose— that He may be able to say, “This is My man, and this is My woman.” We have to be in God’s hand so that He can place others on the Rock, Jesus Christ, just as He has placed us.

    Never choose to be a worker, but once God has placed His call upon you, woe be to you if you “turn aside . . . to the right or the left . . .” ( Deuteronomy 28:14 ). He will do with you what He never did before His call came to you, and He will do with you what He is not doing with other people. Let Him have His way.

  4. Rachel says:

    Last night after hearing this taught, I was reviewing and making notes, and God brought to mind a couple of others:

    Sometimes it comes in the form of an obedient response to God’s commands….Joshua 6:2-5ff

    Sometimes it is a conscience choice to walk in God’s way and not in the way of the world…Daniel 6:10-11

  5. Rachel says:

    Also in Daniel 3:16-18…which goes with my final thought in my previous comment. There were two wonderful examples in the same book!

  6. Bill says:

    Excellent thoughts, all…
    …I really appreciate you adding the devotional, Kathy.
    …Also, thanks goes out to Rachel for adding to the list. Good points!!
    …And, Donna, as Rachel mentioned, we discussed this last night in our class. Your insights regarding “cookie cutter Christians” really added to our class. Thanks for your contribution!

  7. Jim Martin says:

    Bill-
    A very good post. Such a good reminder of the point of it all.

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