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  • Writer's pictureJ.D. King

For Beauty and For Glory

I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced Christians are destined for glory. The sons and daughters of the living God were made to walk in joy and abundance. The ones who genuinely love Jesus are positioned to reflect a beauty forged in the foundations of creation.

Trouble regularly appears and circumstances aren’t always easy. Occasionally, we find ourselves entangled in things we were never meant to face. Sin has a way of disfiguring and subverting our lives.

Fortunately, the Bible discloses that anyone in God’s family can triumph over the ugliness and anxiety. As the Apostle John said, “Everyone born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4). Christians were never intended to be paralyzed by evil. Don’t lose sight of your ultimate design. The Lord made both you and I to overcome.

Empty religion loves to promise everything but gives us very little. The mechanisms of this wretched world have a lot to say about us, but the Lord acknowledges he has something else in mind. He planned for humanity to be receptacles of his splendor. When unbelievers witness the household of God, they’re supposed to be drawn to the grandeur of heaven.

This elemental principle is depicted in an interchange between God and Moses. The Lord proclaimed, “You shall make holy garments for your brother Aaron, for beauty and for glory” (Exodus 28:2). Don’t read past this. The priestly garments were to be magnificent, and this had little to do with man. Their beauty was to reflect the throne room of heaven.

This same type of brilliance should characterize every facet of our worship here on earth. The Lord wants to clothe his family with the splendor of his kingdom.

The dominion of the Lord is not solely about order, rules, or ethical requirements—as useful as any of these elements might be. It would be wrong to portray God’s reign as a system lacking emotion or form. This may be the type of dullness manifest in American churchgoers, but it is not what God produces. His elegant, awe-inspiring kingdom stirs the heart and ignites the imagination.

We can talk about many things, but don’t lose sight of the beauty and glory.

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