I would want to be like a window because people wouldn’t look at me, they’d look through me to the other side, the inside, and see the Light that lives in me. I want to glorify God by expressing His character to others through my life. The problem is, my window is cracked, clouded, and dirty.
Parts of my window aren’t see-through. They don’t allow the Light to shine through, at least not to its fullest potential. These parts of me are the fleshly desires, the unsurrendered areas, my sin nature. My window’s a lot clearer than it used to be, thanks to the process of sanctification and the power of the Holy Spirit moving in me, but I have a long way to go. I thank the Lord for His promise that one day when He returns the work will be finished and my window will be restored to a state where all of it shines with the fullness of God.
Our windows are stained glass. They all have unique patterns and colors that God put together when He knit us together in our mother’s womb but already had designed before the beginning of the world. The best way I know how to describe this is by using the acronym S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences) from the book S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees. Every detail in our windows is a part of the special, one-of-a-kind contribution that we can make to God’s revelation on this Earth.
For a long time, I have had my thinking twisted, telling myself that the colors and patterns that are unique to me are actually blocking the Light, keeping it from shining to its fullest potential. Now God’s been teaching me that these colors and patterns are not something to hate or reject, that they don’t dim the Light inside me, but rather that they display the light in more beautiful and complex ways than could be achieved with plain glass.
Everyone has a window, and when you are saved and indwelt by the Holy Spirit the curtains are thrown back and Christians become an avenue for God’s own glorification. What a blessing this is, that God would work through still-broken-but-surrendered man to reveal Himself to the lost! Our purpose in life is to bring glory to God, and we can do this through first of all salvation, and if you got that step down you are officially entered into the lifelong process of sanctification (being transformed to be more Christlike).
Surely everyone’s window is chock full of imperfection, and the S.H.A.P.E. in our windows become dulled and dirtied by the fall. But God our Provider has generously given us the constant and transformative companion of the Holy Spirit! And surely God can use any part of any window for His glory (because he’s God). But I pray for ever-increasing clarity, purity, and wholeness in my window, that Christ would be more and more evident when people look at my life.