The light of God’s glory struck Paul to the ground. Likewise, we cannot hold ourselves together when God speaks into our hearts: “Let there be light.” Our world will fall apart. We will become like a seed that falls into the ground and dies.
The words “he fell to the ground” speak volumes. It is an experience we need to have on a continual basis. It may not (and in most cases will not) be a physical falling to the earth. But our souls will feel the same internal impact. Yes, we need to see God’s glory even if we already personally know Christ.
God’s glory arrested Paul while he was an unbeliever. But God’s glory also gripped the apostle John even when he was rightly related to God:
“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.” (Rev. 1:12-17)
John, the one who laid his head on Jesus’ bosom, now falls at his feet as though dead. When we see God’s glory it brings death to our inward man, even if it is not our first glory-experience. It is only when death is at work in us—not through our own effort, but through beholding the glorified Christ—that God’s resurrection life is also manifested in us. The continual cycle of death and resurrection will not conclude in our lives until Christ returns.
Prayer: Father, let me see your glory––the light of your glory. I know it will bring death to my self-life, but I look forward to the promise of resurrection in this life. “I want to know you and the power of your resurrection.”