Lent and Easter are over for this year. What effect have they had on your life? How will you become more glorious by Easter next year? Jesus lived His life focused on gaining the glory of Easter. He tells us to follow Him and do as He does. Romans 2:7 describes our life as Christians:
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life.
The evidence of the glory of Easter will show up in your life by your persistence in doing good.
How do you know if what you are doing is good? You can evaluate the deeds you do by whether they bring glory and honor and have eternal significance. Jesus lived His life focused on glorifying God. This brought life to Him. Where is the glory of God displayed in your life? I have a hint. Look for the places that you would least expect God to receive glory. That is usually the place where He receives the most glory in your life. Jesus met a blind man begging outside the Temple in Jerusalem. The disciples asked Jesus about the man who was born blind. Their limited reasoning capacity brought only two possibilities for this man’s hardship in life. They wondered if the man had sinned or if his parents had sinned to experience such a harsh punishment of living in the world without sight. Jesus explained the third reason:
But this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in Him (John 9:3).
Why are we challenged to be persistent in doing good if all our problems are over because of Easter? Our eternal problems are settled for sure, and we are given the Holy Spirit to strengthen us through life, pushing back against the fall. The effects of the fall are everywhere and that is why persistence is required if you are seeking glory. The worst thing you can do is grow comfortable in this world. Being at home here will keep you from glory. You will exchange glorious opportunities for a landfill of smelly waste.
What is God asking you to be persistent in doing to bring about His glory? What is your unique assignment in pushing back the fall in your space and time in this world? How does your life honor God and gain significance for eternity? These are the glorious questions your life choices will answer.
When Moses came away from meeting with God, God’s glory shown from his face. Moses had to wear a veil because the glory of God that reflected from Him was too much for most people to take. Has anyone noticed the glory of God shining in you? Has anyone given you a compliment that you know is not you but the Lord? Do you reflect the glory of God in the good deeds you do?
God’s glory is in all the world.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth (Psalm 57:11).
May your good deeds result in God’s glory! May you become glorious in all your ways.