I am a father to four wonderful people. When they were little, my desire for their lives had little to do with getting an Ivy League education or aiming for the executive suite in some corporation. More than anything, I prayed that they would become spiritually and emotionally whole people, capable of deep love, knowing God, and productive in their place in this world. Hopefully, even in our imperfection, their Mom and I loved them, taught them, and modeled a kind of life for them that helped to shape their character and values. Today, they are people who are making the corners of the world where they live better and brighter. It makes a Dad glad!
Did you know that your Heavenly Father desires a rich life for you? He wants to bring all of His children to the potential placed in them by His design. In Hebrews there is a short phrase tucked into the 2nd chapter about His efforts through Christ on our behalf: He is “bringing many sons to glory.” After discussing the potential of humanity, made lower than the angels, but given the stewardship of Creation, the writer points out that men and women who are broken by sin, frustrated by the Fall, have not yet fulfilled the destiny, not yet becoming who their Creator made them to be.
Then, there is this: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons (and daughters) to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:9-10, NIV)
When Jesus came, His mission went beyond making it possible for us to hope for Heaven, in the sweet by and by! to think that the Christian life is just about eternal insurance falls so far short of the truth. God’s Son came to walk with us, to suffer alongside of us, to offer Himself a sacrifice for sin, so that we enter the Kingdom of God and reclaim our destiny as children of the Father. When we are filled with Spirit, a new quality of life overtakes us and there is a kind of ‘glory’ that comes from us that makes us noble, loving, whole people in whom the goodness of God is revealed.
That chapter includes these lines about the spiritual freedom of the Christian. “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14-15, NIV) The mystery and wonder of the Incarnation, Christ Jesus becoming fully Man, speaks to the fact that God did not stand aloof and urge us to reach up to Him. He came to us, suffered with us, and now leads us to freedom because we have no fear of the Evil One or even of death itself! “Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God.” (Hebrews 2:17, NLT)
Today, I want to encourage you to pray, “Lord, lead me to a life that reveals Your glory.” That does not mean becoming famous, rich, or successful in the usual ways. We aspire to live like Jesus, to love, to show compassion, to be a person of excellence in the use of the gifts we are given. He is leading the way. He is working in us, for us. Believe, receive, live!
Here is a word from the Word. “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And 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, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:16-18, NIV)
Let the beauty of Jesus
Be seen in me;
All His wonderful passion
O Thou Spirit divine,
All my nature refine,
‘Till the beauty of Jesus
Be seen in me.
- Albert Orsborn