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Tuesday, September 06, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

What is my purpose for living? What will bring meaning to my life? Why am I here? We may all phrase it differently, but the question of meaning and purpose is one of the biggest questions we face during our spiritual pilgrimage on earth. The short answer is that we are to live our lives to experience and reveal God and His glory just like Jesus, who is our model.

"I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that You gave me to do." (John 17:4)

John says about Jesus "He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where he can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known]" (John 1:18b Amplified Bible).

In other words, by the way Jesus lived His life He revealed God's glory. Sounds nice, but what does that mean practically for you and me? A good friend, Paul Manwaring, has just released a very intriguing book titled, "What On Earth is Glory" 1 in which he defines glory as "the eternal value that someone or something has because it reveals, points to, and reflects the attributes, nature, and power of God." This is the call on our lives, to live in such a way that we point to, reveal and reflect who God is. Essentially we become a mirror reflecting God so that people see the glory of God when they see us. But how do we do this? What is it we have received that reveals God's glory?

John 1:16 "For out of His fullness (Jesus)..we have all received…one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift." (Amplified Bible)

So John tells us that we have all received incredible grace, blessing, favor and gifts from God in this life. We experience His glory and then reveal it to others as we recognize the grace, spiritual blessings, favor and gifts we receive from Him, especially when we honor and trust Him in the midst of heavy suffering.

As we recognize and openly acknowledge that God is the source of these blessings He is honored, and as we reflect His glory to those around us they become more intrigued by our lives and our faith. This is a much greater apologetic for our faith than any words we can say.

1What On Earth is Glory? page 28, Paul Manwaring, Destiny Image Publishers, 2011

Ric @ 5:00:00 AM 10/25/2011

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