Overview of Glory Season
How many times last week did the thought of Christ's return to earth cross your mind? How many times did it influence your mood or your choices? Glory Season should raise those numbers, and the higher they go, the higher you get lifted.
In 2017, Glory Season is November 23-December 31. Here are some basics. Don't get lost in the details. Read a little. SYNC a lot.
Your goal during Glory Season
Getting so thrilled with the prospect of Christ’s glorious return that his glory radiates out of you and blesses everybody around you.
How do you do that?
Repeat the two following things often (both are on the Glory Season meme)
1. The Glory Declaration
This is a day of the Coming King, and we see his glory dawning.
As a person in SYNC with Jesus, you are authorized to declare this, so use your authority. Shape your world. Make your day.
2. The Glory Prayer that SYNCs us with the Declaration
Light up our faces with the glory to come. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.
Why do these tools work?
Because the King is listening. He loves to hear that faith declaration, and he loves to answer that prayer, which is one way we say, "SYNC me!"
The Apostle Paul nailed it long ago: "The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God's glory. It's that simple. That is the substance of our Message." (Col. 1.27, The Message)
It's not about our circumstances
Oh, how we long for our circumstances to become heavenly! We suppose we would be much better people and much better off if only we did not have such hellish things happening to us all the time.
But Christ has taken just the opposite strategy for spreading his glory. Instead of starting with our circumstances, he starts by changing us. He injects his Spirit, his glory, himself, into people who open themselves up to his influence.
That changes us inside, and we radiate that glory. Gradually it changes some of our circumstances, but we are already better people, better glory conductors, whether circumstances improve or not.
In other words, we rise above our circumstances. We don't have to wait till they change. We see the glory of the King dawning inside us, and we can't wait for it to come up the rest of the way.
It's not about trying harder
Embracing this truth is night and day different than trying harder to follow Christ's teaching. Have you ever got the sun to come up by trying harder?
We are talking about Christ, a living person, living in your body by his Spirit. As that happens, he rubs off on you. Hang around dirt. You get dirty. Hang around Christ. You get glorious.
His light rises on you (Is. 60.1). His truth dawns on you. His life rocks your world, inspires you, empowers you, takes away every not so glorious thing about you.
You don't go to heaven. Heaven comes to you. Heaven is where Christ is, and if he is in you, then heaven is arriving in you too. No wonder your face lights up.
SYNC does not promise that our circumstances will become glorious. The Declaration does not say, "This is a day of the Coming King, and we get to live an easy life." It says we see his glory inside us no matter what is going on with our health or our circumstances.
Your world may be falling apart but you still know that darkness is on the run. Daylight is coming, and the night can't do a thing about it.
Glory Season also does not lead us into any boasting about the glory Christ is putting into us. We did not earn it or deserve it. We received it as a priceless gift, a treasure to share in any way we can.
Key glory story
The seventh trumpet announces the reign of the King and the destruction of those who destroy the earth (Rev. 11:15-19)
Key glory phrase in the Lord's Prayer
"Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory" (or “You are the Messiah. You have the power. You get the glory.")
Key glory verse in the New Testament
“He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, 'Yes, I am coming soon!'
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!"
(Rev. 22.20, NLT)
Key glory verse in the Old Testament
"'As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed." (Dan. 7.13-14)
Like all the other SYNC seasons, Glory Season links you, your world, and your day today back to something huge God has done.
To "SYNC" with that God-thing means to align yourself with God's intentions when he did it. In this case the God-thing is that Jesus Christ was born to be King of the Jews and to rule the world, bringing in an age of glory by bringing earth back under the liberating control of God.
Glory Season celebrates that and more. Right now Jesus is holding back. He is only the king of the willing. Others are still allowed to ruin life on earth, grab for all they can, and cause unspeakable pain.
Glory Season celebrates that their days are numbered. We don't know the number but we do know what happens when time runs out. The King of kings shows up in person and enforces his rule, making evil impossible.
We even know how he will do it--not with tanks or angels or an army of earthly followers but with "the sword of his mouth" (Rev. 19.15, 21). As he spoke the world into being, he will speak his enemies into non-being. When he announces, "You're dead," they drop dead.
It's only a matter of time, and Glory Season helps us look forward to it--the Christmas baby all grown up, delivering the world from all wrong, healing the world of all wounds, and guaranteeing that things will never go wrong again. King of kings, and Lord of lords. Hallelujah!
Glory Season follows Struggle Season in the SYNC cycle. It is the light at the end of the tunnel, and what a light it is!
Is all this talk of a perfect world just wishful thinking?
It depends. If Jesus' body came back to life and he is still alive in it, then it's more than wishful thinking. If he didn't come back to life, it's a pipe dream. So the question about what will or won't happen to the world depends on what we believe already happened or did not happen to Jesus' body.
What about the violence Jesus is going to use? How does that fit?
It's all a matter of timing. Violent people cause horrific pain today, and they often seem to be getting away with it, but only until God says, "Time's up." Then Christ's return launches a new era when nobody gets away with anything. Those who have set themselves up in opposition to Christ will go down in flames. Those who fight him to the death will die.
Glory Season is built around Christmas and New Years Eve. It begins in the USA on Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday of November). Elsewhere it begins on the Feast of Christ the King, which is the Sunday just before or after Thanksgiving Day, depending what day of the week Christmas falls on.
What are the other seasons besides Glory Season?
Life, Connection, Freedom, Power, Forgiveness, and Courage. Glory follows Courage and wraps up the annual SYNC cycle.