In January I launched this blog for Women in Ministry. Those first posts had to do with the One Word concept, where you prayerfully choose a word that God wants you to focus on for that year. My word for 2014 is “blossom”. My prayer is that as I continue to abide in Christ, I will blossom and bear much fruit for His kingdom (John 15).
On my birthday, a couple of weeks ago, the verse of the day on my Bible app was 1 Peter 1:24-25.
For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
Since, my word is “blossom” this verse about flowers caught my attention. As I read and re-read it, I realized something so simple, yet profound. No matter how much I may blossom this year, my “glory” is like that of a flower. The word translated “glory” is the Greek word “doxa” which means – good opinion of someone, resulting in praise, honor and glory.
Probably much like you, I want people to think well of me. However, I find it very interesting that the result of someone’s good opinion is honor or praise. This leads to a thought provoking question, do I want people to think well of me so that they will praise me and hold me in high esteem?
According to this verse, our “glory” as humans is like the flowers of the field. Flowers fall, they are beautiful only for a season.
One of my favorite flowers is peonies. I have a pink peony plant in my front garden and year after year it blooms just in time for my birthday. Instead of leaving all of the flowers outside, I cut some and place them on my bedside table so that I can smell their sweet fragrance first thing when I wake up each morning.
This year, just like every other year, I was disappointed at how quickly my beautiful flowers faded. Then I read 1 Peter 1:24-25 and I made the connection between my peonies and my own life. Even if I should live well into my 80’s or 90’s, my life is but a brief season compared to all of time. I could blossom into something truly beautiful (and I pray I do), but whose “glory” am I after? Mine or God’s? My glory doesn’t last, but God’s lasts forever. I needed that reminder, how about you? If you want to outlive your life, make all of your life about God’s glory. Let’s be people whose lives are so about Christ, that the good opinion others have of us results in honor and praise to God alone.
Your Friend in Ministry,