Filled With His Glory

We are well into the summer months which bring different rhythms and fun activities. Our days may be filled with baseball games, trips to the pool, and vacations to the beach. This is usually a season that we look forward to all year. Because of the change in our kids’ schedules and with the warm weather, we approach these months with not only joy, but with intentionality. We plan, we save, we book accommodations in advance. Every year my family puts together a summer list of activities that we want to accomplish before heading back to school.

God calls us to live our lives and to parent our children with intentionality. God’s design for all of creation is that the whole earth would be filled with his glory. All the way back in the garden, in Genesis 1 when God created man and woman, He commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it.” (Gen. 1:28)

Throughout the Old Testament we see God’s desire of this and His working to see it take place.  He brought the Israelites our of Egypt into the Promised Land. They become like a new Adam in a new Eden. They were tasked with taking over the land and to multiply. It was to be a land that was filled with people who loved and worshiped God and sought to bring Him glory. They did not fulfill the purpose due to the failure to remove the people from the land who did not worship God. They turned from Yahweh and began worshiping the idols of the other nations. 

Time and again we see God’s judgment of His people along with His mercy and salvation. He would establish provision and hope toward the ongoing fulfillment of His design, but again, the people would turn away. There were bright moments where David was king and God promised that his seed would rule, but they were thwarted when Solomon, the builder of God’s temple, eventually was swayed to turn away from God by his foreign wives. The nation would eventually split, and Israel would fall to Assyria and Judah to Babylon. The people were exiled and scattered, and it seemed that hope for God’s plan was lost. 

But God continued to act. He sent prophets to call the people to repentance. They declared that God would bring the people back from the lands in which He had scattered them and would restore them for the purpose of His glory. Isaiah spoke of this in his vision from the Lord: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6:3) As he spoke of the One who was to come from the “stump of Jesse” (the line of David) he said, “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isa. 11:9) 

Jesus then came to bring forgiveness of sin and salvation to all allowing reconciliation with God. Why? Because of God’s plan to have the earth filled with His glory. One day, the enemy will be defeated, the unrighteous will be judged, and evil will be forever banished. The result will be those who have been redeemed from every tribe, nation, and tongue gathering around the throne singing “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 5:12)

So, what does this mean for us as parents? In knowing God’s design to see the earth filled with His glory, we are to fulfill His command to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it. God has blessed us with children who are meant to fill the earth with the worship of God. Our children are meant to turn their hearts toward knowing God, loving Him, and living a life of worshipping Him to His glory. They are to be shot out as arrows from our quiver to take the message of salvation through Jesus to the ends of the earth that all nations may sing of His glory. 

What we need to remember is that this does not happen by accident. This isn’t a secondary goal. This isn’t something that we should just hope for as we focus our attention on other things. This takes our intentionality. We are to view our children through the lens of God’s design and the purpose He has for every one of us. We are God’s primary plan for filling the earth with His worship. He has called us to point our kids toward knowing and loving Him that they would continue to expand God’s glory across the globe. 

So, this summer, as we intentionally plan for this season and harness the time to make the most of the opportunity, let it be a reminder to us as parents the importance of our intentionality in our parenting as we disciple our children to continue in God’s design of filling the earth with His worship.