Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches!
Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord!
Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.

Lamentations 2:19 ESV

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Put on Your Glory!

I LOVE autumn. I am so excited to see the trees putting on their “glory—like this maple in my side yard that I can watch transform from my office window.

But that begs a question.
Are we putting on our “glory”? Is that an odd question? Not really.
As a teen, I would arrive early to college and sit on a couch outside the “pub” to read my little New Testament, a graduation gift from my church. This, 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP), is the one verse I still remember from those times (of course, it was the King James Version back then).
And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.
Take a step back and look at verse 17—
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom].
That’s what the Lord desires for us—emancipation from bondage. He wants us to live in the freedom He holds out to us through the steps we take to follow Him, to put on that “image,” as Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:24. And that enables His glory through the work of the Holy Spirit to dress us up gloriously year round!
So, keep looking in the mirror of the Living Word—with an unveiled face, see His glory and put it on. Don’t let anything rob you of that privilege. Make your time in His presence what He wants it to be—an honor, pleasure, and a joy.  As Matthew Henry wrote, “We behold Christ, as in the glass of his word; and as the reflection from a mirror causes the face to shine, the faces of Christians shine also.”
Put on your glory! Shine!