Glory

 

The glory of God is His daily testimony and the power of His presence.

Angels sit at the throne of Jesus and sing “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isa. 6:3)  The whole earth, meaning everything that was made, all that is seen and unseen, speaks to His magnificent nature. It is a holistic way of viewing the systematic relationship between who God is, what He has made, and how He works. The wholeness of God is designed through interdependent parts that cannot be separated.

Imagine your most perfect day. What elements come together to form this one day? Perhaps you imagine yourself on the beach where the scenery is beautiful, the weather is perfect, you are reading your favorite book, and your family is with you. All four parts make the whole of the day.

We find this same concept easily in the Church, the body of Christ.

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…For the body is not one member, but many…God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” (1 Cor. 12:12-26)

Many parts counted as a whole.

Jesus is the expressed image of glory. (Heb. 1:3) The many aspects of God’s nature working in one ministry (teacher, builder, healer, friend, peace-maker, divider, son and sacrifice).

John saw the glory of Jesus in a vision. The many parts of His appearance making the whole impact, “His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Rev. 1:14-16)

The combination of all Jesus is overwhelms and that is glorious.

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Love so Radical

 

A promise is a gift graciously bestowed and we are children of a promised love.

At our worst, we humans, in our human capacity, tend to withhold our love or wrap it in conditions and occasions. We assume it is fragile because we have seen it break easily in others or had our own shatter before us. To counteract its delicate nature we weigh the risk of our intended object and measure the dosage accordingly.

This is not a failure, it is human nature. We absorb experiences and act accordingly.

At our best, we remember Jesus and do as He did. His love was called radical because of the extreme in it. It was handed out in full force to everyone equally. There was no sizing up or value consideration. What He had was free to everyone who was tired of trying to figure it out.

In India, there is a group called the Untouchables. They live their whole life living down. A thousand false gods have not eased their burden. There isn’t an elephant or cow that will change their plight. They are the modern day leper in need of something radical.

If philosophy was enough it would have been.

If war was the answer we would all be dead.

Fires need fuel.

Bodies need water.

This world needs a cause.

You need a reason.

“This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to Gods love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.” (1 John 3:16-20 MSG)

A love this strong changes things.

Earth spins in it.

Everlasting to Everlasting. Movement advances.

Life unfolds in it.

Everlasting to Everlasting. Movement advances.

A promise is a gift graciously bestowed and we are children of a promised love.

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Heart Knowledge

All knowledge is not the same.

Some are stored like too many books on a shelf or accumulated for show like an expensive car that lives its life under a tarp.

But heart knowledge has hands and feet and works for a living.

Heart knowledge is deep and wide with space to wonder and wander. It changes our reality, provides meaning to the mundane and inspires our next thought, making us feel more like the people we are supposed to be.

It is not an ability to recall or identify correctly, but a complete integration of soul and strength. The knowing that we were formed with intent and are able to carry out our purpose because our God knew it first. It is never just spoken, but always born in the same way light was born when God said “let there be.”

The disciples called Jesus teacher. He spoke in stories aimed at their heart (the seat of revolution). He called for a repositioning of self. Lower than brother, farther from world. With this, He turned the world upside down.

Life is full of easy facts, but revelation stops us where we stand and gives us something, Someone, to hope in.

This kind of truth will always generate life if we choose it.

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