For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified.
Romans 8: 29, 30 (ESV)
“All Glory is Fleeting” is a somewhat solemn phrase, which has been reflectively confirmed by many who have experienced its brief tenure, first hand, throughout history.
From a secular perspective, there is no higher earthly plateau for one to be attributed to attaining than that of glorification. It is the pinnacle of a lifetime, a triumph. For a brief moment, it thrusts men into a state of near godliness, above the reach of others, inspiring reverence for their courage and astonishing ability to stretch the implacable boundaries of human accomplishment and endurance to new limits.
And while earthly achievement is to be esteemed, it is not to be glorified. For earthly glorification is far from indelible as it ultimately fades into obscurity as the achievement is unceremoniously assimilated into the culture to perhaps establish a new benchmark. It is later lost almost entirely in the shadows of our memory and finally in the dustbin of time. It can be sentimentally buoyed into a form of stolid remembrance through the written word or by a lifeless monument, but the exhilarating sense of awe and fervent perception of glory is gone forever as the magnificent words and the majestic monuments themselves become the focus of attention.
In truth, the phrase is blatantly deceiving and is, at best, woefully naïve, as true glory has been stricken from its crucially significant historical context in failing to acknowledge our hallowed Creator as the true and sole recipient of all glory. For his righteousness is immeasurable and unassailable for this profound reason, true glory is not at all fleeting but robustly revitalized every day in our hearts and minds. It is far more uplifting and energizing to praise true glory than to strive to live up to its unmaintainable standards. Humility has no such ambition. And as God receives glory from every step of faith we will ever take, He, in turn, honors us by conferring that glory, rightfully His alone, back upon His beloved sons and daughters through his love and the generous dispensation of his amazing grace.
As mortals, the Glory of God is our Crown of Righteousness, a gift for all eternity. For sincere expressions of love, hope, and compassion for a lost generation and for one another far exceed any foolish secular effort to achieve worldly recognition. We, in turn, acknowledge him through our impassioned expressions of honest gratitude and joy as they well up from the depths of our hearts to indwell our praise and worship, for God’s Glory is indeed indelible.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.
Romans 3: 23-25 (ESV)
Fred Fischer, June 6, 2017, Solid Rock Church