“O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant... Come and behold Him… O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”
By, Ginger E. Mosher
Beholding His Glory
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Father was sending me to the G.L.O.W. (God’s Love of Women) gathering at Northpointe Church, “Where Jesus is the Point,” to paint "Beholding His Glory." I wondered why, but soon realized the reason was quite simple, and yet profound in that they represented a people who have chosen to make Jesus the point and it pleases Him greatly. Like the lyrics of the song, we chose that night to “turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face” so that “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
According to 2 Corinthians 3:18, We CAN ALL gaze upon His beauty and contemplate His holiness and His goodness. Jesus made it possible. We CAN ALL behold the glory of the Lord, with unveiled faces, and be transformed into His image from glory to glory. As His sons and daughters, He’s already given us a measure of His glory and it isn’t fading like it did on Moses face. Quite the contrary, it is an ever-increasing glory that only comes from Him, through the work of His Spirit, as we behold Jesus. We are no longer under the external demands of the law. As we behold His Glory, His Spirit changes us from the inside out and we become radiant — shining with His Glory.
Why would we want to behold anything less? If you can look at something so beautiful, pure, good, and holy, why would you want to look away? Let’s throw off every distraction and run with perseverance the race He has marked out for us. Like Jesus, let’s look to and do what we see the Father doing in heaven, so that we can powerfully affect the world around us.
Everything we need and everything the world needs is in Him! He’s our source and sustainer! He never leaves us! Our battles are His! He saves, heals, and loves us unconditionally! He turns our trials and sorrows for good according to His glorious plans! He keeps us in perfect peace when our mind is fixed on Him! (Isaiah 26:3) Why would we look away from Him, away from His glory? Nothing compares to knowing Him and experiencing His manifest presence in our lives! What a joy it is to do His wonderful will and be a conduit for Heaven to come on earth!
I pray Lord — as we Behold Your Glory — our faces will become radiant with your ever-increasing glory for all the world to see and be drawn to You. I pray Your Holy Bride will glow and carry your Glory to the nations so that those walking in darkness around us will see your glory in, on, and through us. “Holy Spirit, we invite you to come and flood this place with Your presence! Fill our Hearts and fill the atmosphere with Your glory! It’s what our hearts are longing for! More and more and more of Your Glory! Nothing else will do!
As I labored for three months toward the completion of this painting, I put layer upon layer of paint on the canvas and tried every technique I could think of to achieve the effect I desired. Finally —with resignation — I signed it as complete even though I was not at peace with it. Later that night, I took water and a scouring pad to it and proceeded to scrape off all the layers of excess paint applied in unsuccessful frustration. You see — the painting and I were still in process and we both needed to get back to the basics of simply “Beholding His Glory.”
At that point, I considered the painting to be a total loss and went to bed with regret and a prayer — “Lord, please show me Your will.” The next morning, Holy Spirit suggested I wear a long forgotten and, what seemed to be, an irreparably torn but not thrown away garment. I found it in the closet of my studio and thought, “I don’t think I can fix this.” But knowing it was His will, I got my needle and thread and was amazed by His grace as I sewed sitting beside my easel with the scoured canvas still on it. As He enabled me to repair the garment, my faith for finishing the painting increased. I realized He was showing me that nothing is to hard for Him to fix, restore, or finish as long as I will keep beholding His glory.
Repositioning myself to behold His glory, I finished the painting with great ease and joy. He gave me insight every step of the way in technique to create the desired effects. The painting — having come through the storm — was now more beautiful than before and more powerful! Likewise, His bride — having been through the storms of life — has learned that He alone is her source. Therefore, she is determined to keep her eyes fixed on His multifaceted and magnificent Glory!