January 4, 2015
Passage: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12

The PCG mission statement is to bring all creation to glorify God. This implies that every member of the church must reflect the glory of God. Glory is Doxa in Greek and Kabod in Hebrew, referring to the weightiness of someone of high importance, great reputation, wealth and riches.

Kabod expresses the visible manifestation of God. Doxa refers to the attributes of a person. The glory of God is made manifest whenever we develop the full potential of all that He has placed in us.

1 Corinthians 15:40-41 tells us that every created being has its own glory, and each creature's glory differs from the other.Psalm 19:1-4 tells us that we have a responsibility to reveal his glory. God is pleased when this glory is revealed.

He created man as the ultimate exposure of his glory. It is important to note that this glory is a potential that must be developed and displayed. Until it is developed, it will not be revealed. The prophet Isaiah admonishes us to arise and shine because our glory has come. We must seek to advance, to get better at whatever it is that God has blessed us with. We need to take dominion and spread the light. We must widen our sphere of influence so that the glory of God will be revealed.

Isaiah 60 enumerates benefits to reflecting the glory of God: You will attract international and royal attention. You will command generational respect. Your heart will throb and swell with joy. You will be blessed with riches and wealth.

However, there are enemies of the glory of God: wishful thinking, procrastination, fear, excuses, intimidation, laziness, bad company. The greatest enemy of our glory is the self. We need to deal with ourselves so that we can arise and shine, like God has commanded.

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