“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
This familiar verse is frequently quoted to show that “all have sinned”, but too often we fail to explain that all of us have also “come short of the glory of God”. God’s glory has to do with his majesty, power, honor, and greatness; it has to do with the brightness of his presence. And since God is a jealous God, he doesn’t allow anyone to share his glory.
“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
Lucifer is a prime example of a being that tried to share God’s glory, but God rejected him and cast him down to hell (Isaiah 14:12-15). Such is the end of every man who enters eternity without Christ; they try to merit salvation by their own goodness, but they “come short of the glory of God”. Herod is a human example of someone who was exalted and refused to give God the glory.
“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” Acts 12:21-23
In the Old Testament, the “glory of God” rested upon the Ark of the Covenant. On one occasion, the Philistines took the ark on the same day that Eli’s daughter-in-law gave birth. Based on this knowledge, she named her child, “Ichabod”, which means “the glory of the Lord is departed”.
“And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.” 1 Samuel 4:21
Could it be that the “glory of God” has departed from your life? All of us have failed, we all have missed the mark and “come short of the glory of God”, but when a man or woman acknowledges their sins and confesses them, and asks God to forgive them, God shines his glory in their hearts!
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 4:6
I could only find two reasons for a person to “glory”, once is when Paul found “glory” in the cross of Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14), the other is for all those who “understandeth and knoweth” God!
“Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me…” Jeremiah 9:23, 24a
Friend, you don’t need to improve your life, you need to be changed by knowing God. Behold the Bible as a mirror / looking glass, with “open face”, and be “changed” by God’s Spirit today!
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18