Thursday, May 24, 2012


Well, all the reality shows are coming to an end with ultimate winners ...
Donald Driver wins Dancing With The Stars.
Arsenio Hall wins Celebrity Apprentice.
Jermaine Paul wins The Voice.
Jeremy Britt wins The Biggest Loser.
Phillip Phillips wins American Idol.

We're all going on a much-needed reality show fast now.  Thank God.

I watched the final show of Idol when I got home last evening - secretly rooting for Phillips, even though I am not a teenage girl.  There was a lot of glitz to it - streamers and confetti falling endlessly from the sky, lights flashing, cameras popping, screens lit up, back-slapping, crying, hugging - Phillips' moment of glory.

That glory was all over the internet just moments after the big win.  It's in the papers today.  Phillips and company are trending on the web.  Glory.

That word used to be a strictly spiritual term way back - referring to God's presence.  That glory sent prophets and Israelites and disciples running for cover.  Today, glory is more about popularity and fame.  It surrounds pop culture figures and is viewed from a distance on little screens that glow.  We're all voyeurs of the glory.

But I hope we never confuse cultural glory with God's real glory.

"If the ministry that brought death, engraved in letters on stone came with glory so the Israelites couldn't look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, won't the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious?"  --  2 Corinthians 3:7, 8

There is a glory far greater than what man can manufacture.  It comes from the ministry of the Spirit inside us.  Man's glory explodes all at once and then fades away - like fireworks - 15 minutes or less of fame.  The glory of the Spirit starts small and grows, brick by brick, from one level of glory to the next.  We become like Him one step at a time.

I'm happy for Phillip Phillips, but not overly.  His glory is meant to get old and be replaced by another.  That isn't God's plan for you.  He wants you shining brightly, representing Him, brighter today than you were yesterday.  Let the ministry of the Spirit be glorious in you.

And be blessed.

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