Which brings God the greater glory: to be worshipped by wretchedly sinful, incompetent beings or to be worshipped by completed, perfected beings?
I was that wretched, sinful, incompetent person, but this is the old me, because I am saved by grace and faith! I am bought with a price; God sees me through the blood of Christ; and my purpose and desire is to bring glory to God. Sometimes the old me shines through, though. I sob at the height and depth of a situation, which seems to me to encompass Mt. Everest and the Mariana Trench in one horrifyingly insurmountable distance. In my sobbing, I question God like Job's wife.
I stop counting it all joy.
I cease to give thanks.
I look only for my own glory in the situation and despise the glory of God.
Oh, foolish girl.
The more sanctified I am, the more glory I give to God. "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known (I Corinthians 13:12)." Sinless angels worship at the throne of God night and day. In their perfection, these angels grasp the supremacy and awesomeness of God--and all they can do is worship and give glory to God.
I don't know what I will be, but I know that in that day when I reach heaven and He is revealed to me, that I will be like Him (I John 3:2). I can't see it now, but in that day when I reach heaven, I will realize that the sufferings of this earth are miniscule in comparison with the glory that will be revealed in me (Romans 8:18).
Understanding in full, being like God, and full of the glory revealed in me--in this moment, will I truly, finally, wholly glorify God. Heaven will resound with the cries of millions echoing the same refrain. He is worthy to receive glory and honor and praise! My adulation will not be short-lived. It will not come only in the deepest pleasures or the hardest sorrows. It will last for all eternity, for all eternity will not be long enough to glorify the God whom I know, just as I am known.
"The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory (Isaiah 60:19)."
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