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If we regularly beheld the glory of Christ our Christian walk with God would become more sweet and pleasant, our spiritual light and strength would grow daily stronger and our lives would more gloriously represent the glory of Christ.

Most days I’m a mess. A loved mess, a happy mess, but a mess among the most intricate of messes, none-the-less. Wherever the day may take me, through whatever joys or sorrows, each day begins and ends in this place. It’s where we come in for a crash landing at the end of our days, where we laugh and cry and sleep and pray. It’s home.

So if we desire strong faith and powerful love, which give us rest, peace and satisfaction, we must seek them by diligently beholding the glory of Christ by faith.

Our homes are the hearts of our days. If His glory is not first beheld where we dwell with a spirit of prayer and seeking nurtured as our days begin and end in this place, how can we expect that His glory will shine through us in the other places we are carried to throughout our days? This is where it’s hardest, where the most is asked of us, and yet I dare say, where it’s most important.

While keeping up after some pretty wild kids, my mother used to say a lot of things along the lines of “Museums clean, homes make room for the next messes,” and I love those words. She’d tell you she’d do a million things differently if she had known then what she knows now, but I’ll tell you this. She had her priorities straight.

  1. Jesus
  2. Family
  3. Everything Else

Only a steady view of the glory of Christ by faith will graciously revive from inward spiritual declensions and decays and fill with fresh springs of grace,” May we, then, “flourish and grow strong by feeding on the Word of God and so continue to present a glorious witness to the world.

As this day comes to a close and we each settle in, as the sun sets and stars shine, as sounds of the day’s business fade into a lullaby of the soft sounds of night, I challenge you, dear reader. Ask the Lord to open the eyes of your heart to behold His glory, to make a haven of rest and peace of your home. May He fill your heart with the joy of an active love in all of its day-to-day, unseen, unsung glory. After all, it’s neither unseen nor unsung by Him.

*All quotes from John Owen’s “The Glory of Christ”

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