I wish you could have met Harry Tzivelos, a dear man of God from Tom Maharis’s inner city church in Manhattan, NYC. I knew Harry when I was a teenager. He was all shiny. That’s the only way I can describe him–shiny. In fact, I told my friends he actually glowed in the dark. He glowed when he talked and he always talked about the Lord or his wife and daughter. In fact, I was told when he came home from work every night he greeted his wife, “My wife! My beautiful wife!” He embraced her and loved her each night in that way. He seemed to embrace God and life itself in that way, too.
A couple months ago I met Sandra Cook, headmaster of the new Christian Vo-tech school called Pathways in Harrisburg, PA. Sandra was all shiny, too. (And this high school is opening in the fall if you know students who live in southcentral Pennsylvania). This is not a scowling school marm ready to take on rowdy teenagers, she was a woman of God filled to the brim with vision for Pennsylvania’s Christian high school students. Sandra was an administrator in public vocational training schools for years. Now God’s called her to build a Christian Vo-tech–the first in our nation. But what mattered to me the day I met Sandra was that she was all shiny. I loved her immediately.
These crocuses have open faces–full of light, color, glory. They remind me of Harry and Sandra. They make me think about Henry Gruver and Steve Lapp at the Glory Barn last Thursday. remind me of BillieJo when I first met her after a meeting, her heart surrendered to the king. They remind me of Julia when she returned from China and Mark when he showed me his book of poems. They remind me of God, who made each one of us–all shiny and ready to go with “glow”.
God wants a people of glory, and a land of glory!
PEOPLE OF GLORY
We need the glory because we need God. God is composed of GLORY. And His intention from the beginning was that our DNA as humans would contain that image of glory:
“For thou hast made him (man)a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him (mankind) with glory and honour (Psalm 8:5).”
God is composed of GLORY. We can only get the glory when we are without sin.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).”
Now, that’s not a pleasant thought. But the whole purpose of the blood of Jesus being shed on that cross lifted on Mount Calvary is to bring his sons and daughters to glory! GLORY!! The book of Hebrews tells us that through His death on the cross, The Captain of Our Salvation (Jesus) is bringing many sons (people) to GLORY!!
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10).”
LAND OF GLORY
After days of rain, I was delighted to return to my garden this morning. I caught this pic of the Eastern Bluebird going into a bird house that we put up on the end of our clothes line. Dark pink Azaleas in the foreground, Wisteria drooping, heavy with rain, above the birdhouse. To me, these are simple snapshots of the glory of God–the garden of God.
Again, the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord. Romans 8:22 says that all of creation groans as it waits for the children of God to be manifested in ALL of God’s glory. But for now, that glory belongs to us, just as salvation belongs to us. The glory of God belongs especially to the people who fear God—meaning they love what he loves and hate what he hates:
“Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land (Psalm 85:9).”
In fact, His intention is that the entire world and universe reflect and be filled with His glory:
And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen (Psalm 72:19).
Okay, that brings us back to the garden. To truly enjoy the Garden of Glory, we must be in relationship with the God of glory. Creation is longing for the day when sin is absent from this world and the glory it was made to manifest is returned in FULL POWER. For creation, it will be like someone finally turned on the lights and all imperfection leaves like cockroaches run in dark cellar when the lights are turned on. Seriously! Are we ready?