I'm sick of panty-waist believers. I was talking to someone recently and told them we as Christ followers needed to learn how to live out our glory. He said he didn't have any glory, that his marriage was a wreck, his kids were a mess, he hated his job and the pissing and moaning went on for several more seconds. I thought gee, maybe you should go jump off a bridge. Seriously, could we whine anymore? What hogwash, what crap, indeed what lies of satan!
Peep this. "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." - I Corinthians 3:18
This is our glory, that we have had the veil of satan's lies removed by Christ and we can reflect His glory. We act like we are defeated, beaten. Christians walk around like their world is coming to an end. Why are we accepting defeat; in our personal lives, in our churches, in our homes, in our walk with Christ? I see far too many believers with their heads down, mumbling their way through life. Stand up! Be bold! Was Jesus not bold? Are we not to follow His example? I'm not talking about beating people over the head with a bible or getting up in people's faces or being obnoxious. I'm talking about living lives of purpose, passion and joy because of who we are!
When you came to know Christ, the bible says you were made new. A new heart, a new identity. II Corinthians 5:17 says, "This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" So why are we still living in defeat, like we've lost already? We haven't lost anything, we've already won! Hear the words of Christ from John 16:33. "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
Somewhere, along the way, when we met Jesus, when we came to know Him, He renamed us. Remember Jacob? He wrestled with an angel, with God. He met God face to face. God marked him with a limp and a new name. Israel. When you met Jesus, He marked you for glory, He gave you a new name. He now calls you sons and daughters of God! Did you hear me?! Sons and daughters!
Stand up! Live with the purpose of His glory made yours! This is the glory we have been created for; to be sons and daughters of God! Anything less is surrender, second best. Jesus calls us to more. Take heart, children of God, He has overcome!