Yes, Jesus has already paid the price for each of us to have access to the realm of God’s glory. Yet, most of us never enter into it because it does not happen automatically. Action is required on our part to receive what He did for us. We must pay a price to enter into God’s glory.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). If we want to draw closer to God we must hunger and thirst for more of Him. Otherwise we would be unwilling to pay the price for it. This price is insignificant by comparison to what we get in return. Yet it is enough to stop most of us from pursuing Him.
When King Solomon finished building the temple, the Bible says the glory of God filled the temple. God was honoring Solomon and all that Solomon had done by filling the temple with His presence. However, if you look at all that Solomon had done to honor God you see that Solomon had honored God before God honored Him.
King Solomon and the entire congregation of Israel, who had gathered around him and were with him in front of the ark, were sacrificing sheep and cattle that could not be counted or numbered, because there were so many. (1 Kings 8:5)
When the priests came out of the holy place, the cloud filled the Lords temple, and because of the cloud, the priests could not stand to minister, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple. (1 Kings 8:10-11)
The presence of the Lord was so heavy the priests were not able to stand up! They had to stop ministering and just bask in the glory.
That is right where we need to be, unable to minister because His presence is so heavy on us that we cannot function. As much as we would like to think our ministry is needed and what we have to offer is needed, God wants to bring our ministry to an end so His ministry can begin. The world does not need us, but they desperately need Him. God needs us to step aside and allow Him to do what He wants to do. He can accomplish more in one hour than we could do in years. He can touch people’s lives and change them for all eternity.
So how do we make the transition from our ministry to God’s ministry? James 4:8 says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts you double-minded.”
We must welcome Him and invite Him to come in and have His way with us. We must humbly admit we do not have in ourselves what the world so desperately needs. We do not even have in ourselves what we so desperately need. He is what we need. We must have more of Him. We must have His presence here among us. Not just the intangible presence of God that is always with us, but the manifested glory of God that only comes to those who are hungry enough to draw near to Him. We must have the glory realm, just as Solomon had.
In the same way that the glory of the Lord filled Solomon’s temple, we need His glory to fill our temple, which is our body. We need to be continually filled up with more of Him. Then our lives will be aligned with His plans and purposes for us. Then He do in us and through us whatever He wants to do.
Immediately after the glory filled the temple, Solomon stood before the people and honored the Lord again by giving testimony to all that God had done. Even as God had just finished honoring Solomon with His presence, Solomon wasted no time in setting into motion the next wave of God’s glory. By proclaiming the testimony of the Lord before all the people, Solomon was sowing seeds of honor that would bring forth another harvest of honor on his life.
That is how it works. We have to demonstrate by our actions and our choices that we are serious about honoring God and seeking Him. We have to honor Him even when we don’t understand everything. When we do that, God will honor us in return.
Hosea 6:3 says, “let us press on to the knowledge of God.” The Hebrew word translated as “press on” literally means to chase or pursue. So we have a very important part to play in our relationship with God. He is the “faithful rewarder of all those that diligently seek after Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Those who are hungry will chase and pursue Him until they find. Those who wait for Him to do everything will not find Him.
These things do not happen automatically. We have an important part to play in what God does in the earth. It is a big mistake to think it is all up to God. Psalm 115:16 gives us insights into why this is true, “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” We have been given an important part to play in what happens here. If we don’t pray, if we don’t hunger for Him, if we don’t seek Him, if we don’t cry out to Him, if we don’t put a demand on heaven then we will not enter into the glory of God.
So let us press on and continue to chase and pursue God. When we do, we will find Him. He will reveal himself to us. We will enter into the realm of his glory. When we do we will be changed forever. We will become hungrier for more of him than we ever were before. We will not be satisfied without His presence. We will become addicted to Him. And because of our hunger we will regularly daily enter into the realm of His glory. Like it says in (2 Corinthians 3:18), we will go from glory to glory!
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