If you wanted to show someone the glory of God, what would you do? Where would you take them? Someone has described the glory of God as the ‘off shining of His attributes’, that is, those things and places which showcase who He is, what He is, and what He can do. Where would you go to show someone that God was real, alive, and powerful? Where would you go to show them God was gracious and wise and kind and abounding in mercy? That He hates sin and loves righteousness? If you wanted to show someone that the things which are impossible with men are possible with God, where would you take them? If money and technology were not an issue for you, what would you do to show forth the glory of God to a sinner or saint?
Would you take them to the world’s best telescope to peer into the farthest reaches of the galaxy? Would you take them inside the womb of a mother where an infant is being knit together? Would you take them to the Grand Canyonor to the depths of the sea? Would you take a ‘fantastic voyage’ inside the human body? Would you seek to unravel the wonder of His creation? Would you bring forth evidence of the amazing way that He holds all things together by the word of His power?
Do you want to know where I would take them? I would take them to a church. I would gladly take them to my church. I wold take them to any place where there is a gathering of God’s elect, chosen before the foundation of the world, loved in time as well as in eternity. I would have them sit in a service of worship, in which God receives the glory, through Christ Jesus. I would take them to a place where a group of people sing His praises and hearken to His word. I would have this person go from saint to saint and hear the wonders of what God, in grace, has done for them. I would take them to prayer meeting where 21st century people are pouring out their hearts to an unseen God in believing and fervent prayer. I would take them to the Lord’s Supper where simple saints remember the One whose body and blood was offered for their redemption. Here is where I would show someone that God is real and holy and merciful, that He loves sinners, and that He hears prayer. Though very often despised by the world (religious and irreligious) the church will ever remain the showcase of God’s glory.