Day 15: 30-Day True Woman Makeover Challenge

Reflecting God’s Glory

Your outward appearance can reveal the inward desires of your heart. Do you want to glorify yourself or reflect God’s glory?

• Your physical appearance gives an impression of God to people who can’t see Him.
• When you buy clothing, check your motives. Are you trying to draw attention to yourself? Are you putting people in a position where you may set them up to sin by being seductive or distracting?
• When you extend yourself, your heart, and your hands in good works, you’re adorning the gospel and making Jesus believable.

This is just a taste of what you'll learn from Nancy Leigh DeMoss in the series, “The Attractive Christian Woman.”

Moving on....

When we view a man who is submitted to God and honors him willingly through obedience, his loving devotion and submission brings glory to God, and in turn, honors the Man. Through that man we see the reflection of God's love and his sovereign place over the universe. The man shows us God's sovereign and loving nature. I believe a major part of God's glory, even above his unlimited power, is his love for his creation and his sovereign authority over the universe.

I am amazed by the fact that God allows us to serve Him willingly without force. That He respects us enough to give us a choice. This too shows us the glory of His loving nature. Part of God's glory is the sovereignty of His free will. When a man willingly surrenders his free will back to God he is acknowledging God's glory. His Authority, His sovereignty over mankind. This in turn brings glory to both God and the man. In the same way, when you see a woman lovingly submitted to her husband. It brings the husband glory, in turn, bringing glory to herself. This is what Paul is speaking to in 1 Cor 11:7-12. Humanity's glory, from God's perspective, is their willingness to surrender their free will to Him and serve Him joyfully. There by allowing God's glory to be Humanity's glory.

God is so determined to have a race of humans who reflect the brilliance of his glory that he is even willing to sacrifice his own Son to fix his cat’s eyes and lead a watching world to his door. One day, when Jesus returns and we see him face to face, “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is,” but until that day God makes a wonderful promise to anyone who believes in him as Saviour. Even in this life, he promises to change them so that they “reflect the Lord’s glory … being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.

Here is the point I want to really drive home. Our glory does not originate from us. We have no glory at all aside from Christ Jesus. God's glory is not ours to own, but to reflect. Think of a light in the mirror. We are the mirror, God is the light we reflect His glory. The truth is, without God, our glory shines about as bright as a solar powered flashlight.

As in all things, we must not look to glorify ourselves.