It can be hard to perceive God’s glory in our lives. I often feel like I am just stumbling around in the dark trying to live my life in some semblance of faithfulness to God but not seeing much in myself that truly honours Christ. Yet, like the tree in the picture above, it is not me that has the glory but rather it is God’s light streaming down from Him that shines through my life with a glory which others may see while I remain unaware of it.
Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
(Ephesians 5:14 ESV)
The context of Ephesians 5:14 is of walking in purity (holiness) before God. This is a humble, self-sacrificing calling, given to all Christians. We are not to be self-seeking or to seek glory for ourselves. Instead, as we faithfully honour God in every little way we can in ordinary lives, Christ will shine His glory upon us (and we may not even know it).