Monday, August 14th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 46)
The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are One.
John 17:22* (NASB)
In the Bible, glory is a key word, and it has numerous definitions:** treasure, honor, brightness and God Himself; abundance, dignity and majesty; the brilliant illumination of faith working through the Holy Spirit of God.
Glorious, in the best sense of the word, is a wonderful name tag for His saints, because it means you are reflecting Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: The current unprecedented reach of the entertainment industry allows you new ways to model Christ; new ways to shine like a lighthouse for every drifting person to see.
Perhaps Jesus is coming back soon. Perhaps media was built for you. Perhaps you'll draw lost fans back to Him. Perhaps you're meant to rise as His stars and defer the glory back to Him. Because that's the big problem right now:
Celebrities have become idols. Although they're smart, they're also clueless about what to do with their glory. Some try to ignore it, but it's there. Others delight in the attention. But here's the tough thing about glory:
Glory is blinding and addictive to everyone on earth, except God. Here's what to do: Get brightly polished (trained, practiced and refined by His Word), pass the glory right back to its Source and be content in His reflection.
Glorious is a lovely name tag. Maybe draw an arrow by the word pointing up, so no one gets confused.
To Be Continued...
* Barnes' Notes on the Bible Verse John 17:22: 'And the glory ...--The honor which thou hast conferred on me by admitting me to union with thee, the same honor I have conferred on them by admitting them to like union with me. May be one, even as we are one--Not in nature, or in the mode of existence--for this was not the subject of discourse, and would be impossible--but in feeling, in principle, in purpose. Evincing, as the Father and the Son had always done, the same great aim and plan; not pursuing different interests, or counteracting each other's purposes, or forming parties, but seeking the same ends by the same means. This is the union between the Father and the Son. Always, in the creation, preservation, and redemption of the world, the Father and the Son have sought the same object, and this is to be the model on which Christians should act.'
** Definitions of glory in Easton's Bible Dictionary: http://www.biblelearn.com/g_frame.htm
** Extensive definitions and biblical explanations of the word, glory: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/glory/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.