I won’t ever forget hearing @brevived teach on this because it cleared SO MANY questions that I had. “It’s true, God says he will not share His glory with another. But if you are in Christ, you are not 'another.'”
This scripture has been wrecking me all week. I’ve been studying royalty all year because God’s original intent for us was to rule with Him on the earth like Kings and Queens, and our inheritance as co-heirs to the throne is that we are given crowns and a seat in the heavenlies ... in order that we might be for the praise of His glory.
What I’m finding out is that one thing glory has always been purposed for is the ever increasing manifestation of unity in the earth that it might all point to the One who breathed it all into being in the first place.
I’m more certain now than ever before that it’s our honesty and humility that allow His glory to shine like a beacon calling the ships home in the face of a hurting world that’s still hiding behind their fig leaves. When we choose to shrink, we are choosing to limit the glory that God gets from our gifts.
“He’s looking for the ones who can handle being honored and praised. If we don’t know how to handle honor, we’ll have nothing to throw at his feet.” -- @brevived --
The thing about God that is so perfect is that He never calls us to a thing that He doesn’t also ask us to surrender at His feet. We think of glory as a thing that feeds ego, but Jesus walked on this earth knowing God had filled him with glory (as stated by this passage) and He was the most humble man that ever walked on the planet.
I think what I’m learning is that confidence and arrogance aren’t necessarily synonyms, though they could potentially be used together. The difference will always and only be humility and honor driven by adoration of Jesus.