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Better Than Fine

Sometimes we just need to push past the ordinary. 

Have you ever wondered why we say certain phrases? I mean really. Like, "Have a NICE day." Obviously we're trying to be kind to the person. But if we could wish them any kind of day there was, why stop at "nice"? Why not say, "have a superb day" or "have a magnificent day" or better yet, why not go all out and say, "have the best emotionally uplifting, physically exhilarating, and spiritually fulfilling day of your life!" I mean if you're going to say it, why stop at "nice"? And the same thing goes for individual words. Take the word "fine". Most of the time when someone asks how we are, we answer by saying, "Fine". But do we really know what that word means? Well I do...because I just looked it up on dictionary.com. =)

Actually, I found several definitions, none of which would logically fit an average person's state of being. Definitions such as "superior in texture" and "minute particle" pop up. And then there's one that most of us actually wouldn't mind, "very thin or slender"! Even so, when it all boils down, really, how many of us are "fine"? Sometimes we just say things without really thinking them through. But we can be sure of one thing. When reading God's Word we know that every word has meaning and there's not one phrase that's simply "nice". When taken in context, the words of this Book come alive. That's why as I was reading in 2 Corinthians the other day, there was one phrase that almost jumped off the page at me. I found it in 2 Corinthians 3:18. Have a look and see what you think...

"As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more." 2 Corinthians 3:18b

God's Spirit works within us. I get that. I know how much I need Him. But what about the last part. As a result of this "working" we reflect His glory even more. Exactly what does that mean? How do we reflect God's glory? What IS God's glory? Well, in the book of Hebrews we learn that God's glory is not a what... it's a Who.

"[Jesus] is the sole expression of the glory of God... and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature..." Hebrews 1:3 (The Amplified Bible)

Jesus IS the glory of God. And so, as God's Spirit works within us, we exude Him, and in doing so, we reflect the image of God's nature... Jesus. And as intimidating as that might seem at first, it helps to know that us reflecting Jesus is actually God's idea. It's how we have His power. It's how we can really love other people. Again, back to God's Word...

"...love is made complete among us... because in this world we love as Jesus did." 1 John 4:17 (NIRV)

God's love complete in us. God's Son revealed in us. Oswald Chambers once said that "God's ultimate purpose is that His Son might be exhibited in me." Wow. Jesus seen in me. As I am daily surrendered to God's Spirit at work in me, it's not only possible, it's actual!

And that's more than nice. It's better than fine. That's what you call having a glorious day.


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