“Glory” in the Bible is a translation of the Greek word “doxa” and it means “the essence of something being clearly displayed and observed.” Our great privilege is to exhibit God’s truth through the way we live, in a way that it is clearly seen by others. We are promised that if we show God’s true essence through our lives, God will grant us the glory of his approval.

The greatest end of our life will be to sit with Jesus as he reviews our life and continually hear “This was very well done.” That is a glory that will never fade. Life is an opportunity where we can display to others the essence of God by the way we live. The choices we make. The perspective we choose.

We participate in glory when we make decisions that manifest the goodness of God.

The whole process is modeled in this parable in Matthew. The voice of the master speaks and makes clear the connection between the master and the servant, the joy of approval, and the blessing for continued action.

In all our striving, this is what we truly desire. We all long to hear “well done” from an earthly father. Even more, each of us, is longing for the approval of the Heavenly Father. We want to be counted among His faithful servants. We want to be entrusted with His vision. We want to participate in His kingdom.

Each day begins anew, and is an opportunity to walk in obedience, and hear “well done.”

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’” – Matthew 25:21