Glorify – AdventPhotos (2015#25)

25 12 2015

They are always part of the Christmas program; the Angels! They were the first to speak of the birth of the Messiah. The story as written in the Gospel of Luke, has the shepherds tending to their flocks that night outside the town if Bethlehem. Into the dark sky, an Angel appeared and revealed that our Savior, Christ the Lord had just been born and instructed the shepherds where He could be found. Then scripture says; “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts praising God and saying; ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”  

Glory is high praise or honor. It carries with it the context of common consent, or a public praise. To glorify God means, to reveal or make clearer the glory of God by one’s actions. The Angels gave all of humanity the appropriate response to the presence of the Savior, which is to glorify Him. I think we tend not to interpret this total passage as instructive, but what if we considered the second half of that passage as the means to achieving the first half? What if what brings glory to God in the highest IS peace on this earth and good will toward men? What actions can we take that will reveal or make clearer the glory of God? Is it fulfilling the call of peacemakers on this earth? Is it actively building good will between people separated by ill will and conflict? Do our actions in our families, our workplaces, our politics bring peace, build good will? Does what we do, in every space, throughout every day, glorify our Savior, Christ the Lord? Oh, I pray that it is so in my life.




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