Glory looks like something for example, “the glory of a flower,” or, “the train that was restored to its former glory,” or, “his glory days as a high school basketball star.” When the word “glory” is used like this, we get a mental image of something magnificent, beautiful, awesome or great. In the Bible the word “glory” is used to ascribe praise to God like, “Glory to God!” or to describe the “weighty” presence of God in an atmosphere or in a sanctuary or in a person.
In the picture attached to this blog, the branches of my Rose of Sharon are bowing low with the weight of the glory of the flowers! Or imagine a peach tree’s branches bowing low with the weight of the glory of fully ripened fruit! Wow! What images of beauty and goodness! I can almost taste the sweet juicy fruit of a ripe peach as I type…
In Ephesians 3, Paul prays for the church (that’s all of us) like this:
“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His GLORY, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ with passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works IN US, to Him GLORY in the CHURCH by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Did you catch that? He said there’s a power working IN us, that there’s GLORY IN the church (that’s all of us). There’s GLORY in you! There’s GLORY in me! And, this wonderful passage above says that the glory is filling us and able to work in us to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or even think.
Glory looks like something. When glory is manifested in us, and around us, it’s as plain to see as the fruit on the branches or the flowers on the tree, and it changes their disposition…it bows them low with the weight of the glory.