Reflecting the Glory of God…
In his book, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities, Mark Batterson writes, “Paul likens us to shining stars, and the word shine means to reflect. The scientific term is albedo. It's a measurement of how much sunlight a celestial body reflects. The planet Venus, for example, has the highest albedo at .65. In other words, 65 percent of the light that hits Venus is reflected. Depending on where it's at in its orbit, the almost-a-planet Pluto has an albedo ranging from .49 to .66. Our night-light, the moon, has an albedo of .07. Only seven percent of sunlight is reflected, yet it lights our way on cloudless nights. In a similar sense, each of us has a spiritual albedo. The goal? One hundred percent reflectivity. We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord. You cannot produce light. You can only reflect it.”
So, how reflective are you? Does your life reflect the glory of God to the world around you? Our world is shaking right now but the glory of God is not shaken. In Psalm 29 David writes…
“Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty... The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” (Psalm 29:5–11)
Like David, we are to ascribe to the Lord the glory and strength due His name and worship in the splendor of holiness in His temple. In this place let us all cry “Glory to God in the highest!”
I am so glad that you are here today. You are in the “safe” place of God! So, don’t be afraid to worship, praise and ascribe glory to Him… in the end, all things are about His glory. We exist for His glory, we serve for His glory, and we walk as a reflection of His glory.
C.S. Lewis said, "A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ’darkness’ on the wall of his cell..." Let me challenge you to renew your commitment to live for the glory of God. Tell someone today, next week and every opportunity that you have how wonderful God is. Sing out today like you mean it, listen carefully to the message, and ask God to use it in your life to help you reflect His glory.
When Moses asked God to “please show me your glory.” God’s reply was, “I will make all my goodness pass before you…” Do you see it? The glory of God is tied to the goodness of God. When you celebrate the goodness of God, you are reflecting the glory of God to those around you. That is why when Moses went down from the Mountain, he wore a veil to cover his face because of the brightness of God’s glory that was revealed in God’s goodness and reflected on his face. What does your face say about God?
As I write this column, I have spent time giving glory to God for saving me, for calling me and for you the family of faith called Ridgecrest! Today, let the presence of God and the goodness of God reflect the glory of God in your life and on your face. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,