We’ve each been made in the image of God and created to reflect aspects of his divine glory. And this comes through our gifting, though it also becomes our burden.
Some embody wisdom, while others might be strong, attractive, or particularly charming and good at connecting with others relationally. And whatever it looks like, we each have our gifts and glory to reveal.
For instance, those who are gifted with wisdom are also burdened with the responsibility of revealing the wisdom of God to others. Likewise, those who are strong are called to reveal God’s strength, those who are attractive are tapped to reveal God’s beauty, and those with that special charm are charged with revealing God’s relational nature and desire for intimate connection.
And, in the end, this seems like a mixed bag. On the one hand, there’s joy in knowing we get to personally embody and bring more of God’s glory into the world. At the same time, we realize this is not about us. And we don’t get to hold back our glory just because it’s inconvenient or others might be tempted to take advantage of it.
Of course, we remain wise stewards with what God has entrusted to us, but we faithfully offer ourselves because this is the duty God has given us to fulfill.
This means there might be many times in which we serve as models of God’s truth, goodness, and beauty even when there’s no personal benefit to us.
To be sure, this is not to suggest our hearts don’t matter or that a worker is not worthy of his wages. But it is a reminder that our glory is not about us.
We do our part to bring more life and goodness into the world by faithfully revealing the glory God has given us to reveal.
You’ve been crafted and equipped with doing certain things well. And this is your part in reflecting God’s glory. Don’t hold back.