The presence of greatness often overwhelms us. Witnessing divine glory reflected in another rightly fills us with awe. All the same, we must not be so awestruck that we forget the greatness God has given us as well.
We’re created in the image of our awesome and glorious God. And it only makes sense that we would admire and be captivated by the reflections of his image in each other.
Perhaps most commonly we refer to this as star power – a person who holds a certain magnetism and appeal by their very presence. Celebrities and other public figures often hold this drawing power.
But we also get glimpses in our everyday interactions and relationships.
Some people are utterly attractive while others impress with their athletic prowess. Still others amaze with their creative talents or their ability to think deeply and solve complex problems.
The glory of some shines bright like the sun, while for others it’s found in the quiet deep like the ocean.
However it is expressed, we each have our own glory to bare.
Generally, it’s easier to see others’ greatness and miss our own. And being awestruck by their glory we can then feel undone and unworthy ourselves.
And in our shame we’re tempted to hold back or downplay our God-given glory simply because it’s not the same as the other.
This is false humility.
Celebrating the greatness in another is part of how we bless the person God has created them to be.
At the same time, we must learn to receive this blessing ourselves and courageously offer our glory in the service of others as well.
Others become awestruck in our presence the more we grow into the fullness of who God has called us to be.
This is not a case for pride. But simply to live faithfully with the unveiled glory God has given each of us.
Don’t let the glory of others hold you back. Be awestruck and let your greatness be fully seen as well.