Unity Helps us to Experience God’s Glory
John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.
God’s glory is visible because God works through His church!
God the Father has glory and gives it to His Son and the Son gives it to the church when we are united. We learn in Exodus when Moses asks God to show him His glory that God’s glory is His goodness and His character. God had to show up for Moses to see it.
When we say, “Lord I want to glorify You” we mean we want to show Him with our life. His traits and character: merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. We manifest Him.
The church shows by touching people, sending food, singing, praising, sharing the world, being there to help others.
We have to become part of a church and really integrate ourselves in it. Unity requires “death to self”. We say no to our own interests and pride and go out of our way for God’s interests and helping others. Being involved in church gives us the opportunity to experience God’s character. To feel like He designed us to feel, to love how He designed us to love, to do as He designed us to do. God is love, so we are sowing His attributes when we love and thus glorifying Him.
When we use our gifts, we are doing so by the enabling of the Holy Spirit so that we can spread the glory of God. And God shows up when we are obeying Him and glorifying Him.