Thanksgiving is in the rear view and the Christmas season is upon us. Yeah, I know … commercialization, materialism, envy, greed, over-zealous marketing, etc. I’m certainly not wild about that stuff either. But, I seem to remember it being around in September, and June, and May, and …
I am a self-confessed Christmas freak. Love it! With all of the excesses I still love it that many are focused on our Savior’s birth – whenever it may have been. And, I love pine trees, wreaths, lights and all the rest. Walking through the Graceway lobby the other day I was musing on how beautiful the seasonal decorations are. That thought connected in my mind to a verse from my Bible reading earlier that morning.
Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face. (Ezekiel 44:4)
Any human decoration can only be the most remote suggestion of God’s glory that decorates not only the Heavenly Temple but all of creation. The awe of it moved Ezekiel to fall on his face before God Almighty. Isaiah had a similar reaction in Isaiah 6.
Connecting the dots in my head and heart, I remembered Paul’s word to the Colossians that Christ in us is the hope of glory (1:27). On earth today, God’s glory is manifest in the church. Peter admonishes women to decorate their lives with their inner character along with a humble and quiet spirit. Paul exhorts us all to put off our former nature and put on Christ.
As we admire some of the beautiful decorations of Christmas, may we be reminded to allow the glory of God to flow forth from our lives in such a way as to provoke awe!