We are all hungry for the Glory of God, but where is it?
This weekend my husband, daughter and myself drove about an hour to listen to one of our favorite christian bands. We left the littlest Komala with our beloved babysitter and hit the road. I was ecstatic to take Addyson, at the ripe age of 4, to her first Christian concert! I had no knowledge of Christian concerts until I was dating my now-husband. Y'all, I grew up on the Old Red Hymnal and had no idea upbeat "Jesus Music" (as my daughter calls it) even existed. While those Old Hymns hold a special place in my heart I may have given my left kidney back then to hear something like this. So anywho, we made the drive and enjoyed every bit of the concert. An alter call was given and people flooded the front of the church, desperate to feel the tangible presence of the Lord, desperate to feel his Joy manifest in their life. And these were church folk y'all!
Now - don't misunderstand me friend, I am in NO WAY degrading these lovely people, as we have all been there in our walk with God. However the immense response from the congregation made me realize that as followers of Christ, the majority of us are living in the land of lack, rather than dancing in the Glory.
Do we have bad days, off days or days where we are feeling less thank glorious? Absolutely. But this should not be our norm. We are the bride of Christ! Ephesians 2 talks of how we were dead in trespasses and sins, angry by nature and slaves to our flesh - BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy because of his great love made us alive together with Christ, and raised us to SIT in heavenly places! (Crystal Komala Version) We have the power and authority through Christ to bind and loose, to touch and agree, to be exceedingly glad, to have peace that surpasses all understanding, joy in the midst of a trial, favor when it makes no sense by the World's standards... Y'all! are you getting this? There is an abundance of life waiting on us, but we have to go get it. Jesus himself said that he came to the Earth so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly!
So if the glory is ours for the taking, and abundant life comes with our ticket to heaven, then why are we so bound up? Why are we experiencing lack? Wait now friend, get your eyes off the dollar signs. I’m talking about more than financial blessings here. Abundant life is one free from the bondage of sin, loosed from the desire to sin. It’s a mind covered in the protection of God, free from oppression, depression, and anxiety. You know those miracles you’ve heard about? They still exist. They are in the glory. It’s joy unspeakable, it’s a sure foundation, friend. So where is the glory then? It’s found in intimacy with The Father, it’s in a consecrated life. The glory is not found on the road of convenience, but rather on the road to holiness. We cannot live like the world Monday thru Saturday and expect the lord and all his glory to dwell with us on Sunday.
What if we’ve played church for too long? We know the right words to say, but we don’t know how to simply sit at his feet, and listen to Him for awhile. Could it be that we are so used to going thru the motions that we’ve forgotten what a miracle our salvation even is? It’s not common. It’s a full blown miracle. The ability to even have a relationship with the God of the universe is ... indescribable. We should hold this relationship with such a holy fear, such a reverence... it should call us deeper, past religion, past politically correct... to the point of full surrender. That’s where the glory is.
I don’t know about you, friend. But I’m tired of church as usual. I’m on a full out hunt for the fullness of His glory. With the news of pastors taking their own life day after day, I’m convinced that in order to live victorious in this sin-cursed world we have to live a set apart, consecrated life. One that isn’t satisfied with the counterfeit. One that’s on pursuit in His manifested glory in every area of our life.
Won’t you join me?