Jesus says of the believers in Christ [John 17:20-23] that He has given us the glory that God has given Him.
Really? The glory that God gave to Jesus has been imparted to me?…
I have learned that God imparts a bit of Himself into each one of us. He wants to be known and expects us – as His light and glory bearers – to make Him known to the watching world around us.
In Ephesians 1: 17-21, Paul asks God to make Himself known to the believer and that we, the believer, would then know the hope to which He has called him/her to: the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
Wait. Let me make sure I’m understanding this. My inheritance is in others whom God has called into relationship with Himself? Yes! And it is glorious! Full of glory!
Glory is defined as: a very great praise, honor or distinction, something that is a source of honor, fame or admiration, resplendent beauty or magnificence.
God’s beauty, magnificence, fame, and distinction lives in YOU! He has something to demonstrate [of Himself] that He’s put inside of you (and you alone) to show others more about Him!
Each believer we fellowship with helps us to know Jesus better! Since God is glorious and we’re made in His image – it surely would take ALL of us to equal the glory of God. Therefore, the more believers we surround ourselves with, the more we will experience His fullness!
What this means is that if we’re cut off from other believers (by choice or other circumstances) we become stifled in knowing God more fully. In small groups, we’re able to get to know God better – as we spend time getting to know each other. God gives us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can know Him better (Ephesians 1:17), and He gives each of us different revelations that are meant to be shared with each other. This is rich! Therefore, get into a small group of believers who love Jesus and seek Him daily; it will help you get to know God better and have a richer relationship with Him!
Now, let’s talk about Heaven’s glorious riches! Generations and generations of believers, sharing God’s glory as they share their stories on how God worked through their lives. Moses, King David, Paul, Peter, Elijah, John, [your loved ones and their loved ones, generations of your family tree that have gone before them that you have never met]…all these people up in Heaven. This alone will take us an eternity to enjoy! God is so diverse and He needs us to help Him reveal the vast dimensions of His love that Ephesians 3:17-18 speaks of, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together, with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Therefore, It’s only when we’re all together that we will experience the fullness of God, and we need to be in Heaven for this to happen! This love is immeasurable. His power is immeasurable. (Ephesians 3:20)
We will never know Him fully until we are all together – this great mosaic of the rich body of Christ. We’ll be in awe of His fullness witnessing the Church coming together – united as one glorious body – an incredible masterpiece of epic proportions! Not one piece (nor one person) that is in relationship with God will be missing! We’re all important to the overall picture. No one else can play your part!
We’re to give the glory in our life back to God. When the glory goes back to Him, His glory is made known to all those in our midst. Jesus says it this way in John 17:20-23, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
It’s our togetherness that shows Jesus to the world, not our divisiveness. His vast variety of people – all different in our ethnicities and backgrounds – coming together in Christ to bring God glory. That is how the world will take notice.
“For from Him and through Him and to him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
– Romans 11:36