The first time that I heard the phrase, from glory to glory, I thought that I heard a magical formula that promised me a life of greatness. I was just a teenager at the time and as I heard the pastor say that God will take us from glory to glory, I imagined God taking me from checkpoint to checkpoint in a marathon where each checkpoint looked more grander and fantastic each time. This image stayed with me for a very long time as I thought about where God would take me next in life.
What I expected from this statement was that each milestone would be more amazing than before, but I realize that this is not always the case. It may be very true that God will work in more fantastical ways than before in our lives, but the thought that we are going from less glory to greater glory may not be the case. God’s glory is brought to awareness to us in spiritual milestones in our lives but the glory itself is not of a greater quality than before. God’s immutable nature grants that His glory is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
When I think upon the nature of how I’ve been brought from glory to glory for the past 11 years of my Christian life, I realize that I am able to glean more of the wonder of God of a milestone 10 years ago, or 5 years ago than I was able to during that time. How marvelous it is that God opens our eyes to see God’s glory in even greater measures than when we first experienced them. With this consideration may we remember our first love as the writer of the Book of Revelation urges. In our remembrance of that first love may that love be made known in a more full measure to us today, in our contemplations of the past and in our expectations of the future. May we know the great delight of our Lord to perfect our salvation!