II Corinthians 4:16
St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is man fully alive!”
There is power to a person’s life as they are “renewed day by day.” The scriptures promise an aliveness that continues to grow, even as our physical bodies, grow old and begin to waste away. And this life is a living demonstration of the good news of the Kingdom. Yes, it is great to tell others about the hope we have, but it is even greater when our lives tell this story.
Many times we look for God to bring life to us through circumstances and through answering our prayers, which many times include requests for some type of provision. God knows our needs, and He expects and welcomes our prayers about these needs.
But, the richer life that God is increasing in us as we walk with Him is in the depths of our souls and it will last forever. Isn’t it amazing that as we grow old, our hearts grow younger and more alive!? As Smith says in Chapter 1 of Courage and Calling, when life allows God to be truly God, “humans are free to be precisely who they are called to be” (Smith, 2011, p 20).
It was said of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, that as he became older, he had more and more energy and spiritual life than ever before. He didn’t end his life with a “fizzle,” he ended it going out like fireworks!
St Irenaeus’ famous words tell us that God receives glory when we are experiencing fullness of life (the “aliveness” of life), and that our world also experiences God’s Glory when we are “fully alive.” Jesus promises that we can have life, and have it to the full. This is an amazing gift that we can have for ourselves, and one that celebrates and demonstrates the miracle of life in God. As you come alive, God is glorified!
What do the words, “The glory of God is man fully alive!” mean to you?
How can you imagine your exiting journey with us leading you to a fuller life?