Earlier this year, a post discussed the glory of God and how God is glorified. It is a topic that has raised questions for me because it is used by many almost like a casual greeting or as “bless you” is used when somebody sneezes.
Today, while reading The First Christmas by Marcus Borg and John Crossan, I found an explanation that makes sense. Borg and Crossan discuss the use of terms for “light” in the Bible. They use references in the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke, but the illustration that delivered the greatest understanding for me was the story of the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus. Saul would become Paul following this episode in his life
Saul is blinded by a light that is described as the glory of God. The glory of God is the revelation of or evidence of the presence of God. For Saul, the light delivered the glory of God through Jesus. Saul recognized God’s glory in Jesus at that moment. Recognizing God’s glory is important since I believe God is always present. During most of our time, I think we fail to recognize the glory or the presence of God.
My understanding of God’s glory is that it is evidence of or revelation of the presence of God. Glorification of God to me is an expression of recognition of the presence of God.
With this understanding of God’s glory, I find other questions can be asked. Is it possible that God’s glory can be seen in my life? Do I express the presence of God (or Jesus) in my life? Is the presence of the glory recognizable? Is it evident in the way I live or is the only time it comes up is when I am talking or shouting about it?
How do you answer those questions?