Christ-followers are called to glory today, not just in Heaven

True glory is the presence of God. God’s splendor, majesty, might, brightness, awesomeness, perfection, and holiness so infinitely transcend human comprehension and belief that when we glimpse them (even faintly), we stand undone in amazement and call it His glory.

Hearts that are tender, meek, and poor in spirit can sense God’s glory everywhere. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” “Christ in you” is “the hope of glory.” Life was never intended to be lived unaware of and apart from God’s glory. However, “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

The death of Jesus ripped the veil in the temple. When people turn to the risen Lord His blood tears the veil in our heart so that we can behold the Lamb of God. Then we can grow daily in our awareness and experience of God’s glorious presence as we learn to be directly and inwardly led by the Spirit.”

The ministry of the Spirit” is even more glorious than the glory that was on Moses’ face after He encountered the presence of God. The glory on Moses faded, yet even that fading glory was too much for unredeemed people to behold, so the Israelites demanded that Moses cover his face with a veil. That veil still remains in fallen human hearts but is taken away when we turn to the Lord. Then begins the calling to and the anointing for the lifetime journey and process of salvation and sanctification–being continually transformed from within (not reformed by rules or human effort) into the image of God from glory to glory.

The living resurrected Jesus is “the way” (“the narrow path”) to that journey. To surrender your will to Him and to actively follow and obey Him daily is the key to being “led by the Spirit” and to living in the “surpassing glory” of “the ministry of the Spirit.” Take “the keys of the kingdom” and unlock your heart and life to be enthralled by and possessed by the glory of God and the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Modern Christianity has an abundance of exalted experts at giving religious explanations but far too few exhilarating examples of Spirit-led discipleship. Christ in a programmed sanctuary service can seem pretty stuffy, but Christ in real life interaction is powerfully transformative.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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