But 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 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT)
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Happy New Year!
Today's Scripture focuses on "the glory of the Lord" and that is a great focus with which to begin the new year, 2016. Most of us are familiar with the lofty thought that our lives our supposed to glorify God. But what does this mean? Let's start with this thought: when our lives glorify God, God's glory comes back to him. When God's glory comes back to him, he is glorified. Notice today's Scripture again. It says we are those who have had the veil removed. As ones who have had the veil removed we are free to behold God. When we behold God we see his glory. When we see his glory, we become ones who can reflect his glory. When we reflect his glory, other people see it and are impacted by it. The impact of God's glory on others produces a response by them to God who is drawing them to himself by the manifestation of his glory through us. When others respond to God's manifested glory, his glory comes back to him (sort of like a return on his investment) and he is glorified.
So, we can see that just setting out to try to live for God's glory is not the answer. The answer is plain from today's Scripture: beholding God's glory is the key to reflecting his glory and reflecting his glory is how we glorify God with our lives. It is also true that the more we behold God's glory, the more we will be able to reflect his glory and the more we reflect his glory, the more we glorify him with our lives. These thoughts form the basis of a wonderful commitment on our part for 2016. The commitment is this: to seek God and his glory with our whole being, to behold God and his glory fully and continuously, and to reflect God and his glory clearly and completely.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, this is my commitment to you: I promise to seek you and your glory with all that I am. I promise to behold you and your glory as fully as possible on a daily basis. I promise to be a clear and complete reflection of you and your glory for those who are all around me to see and respond to. I am yours, Lord, and I am counting on you through the impact of your powerful presence within me to bring this about. Amen!
Posted on Fri, January 1, 2016
by Alan Porter