Here’s my question. Why is it either or? Why do we need to prioritize worship over work, or work over worship? Why do we even think this is two different things? It’s like thinking God’s love and God’s glory are two different things. They’re not. They’re two different ways of thinking or talking about one thing. The same God. Worshiping Jesus and following Him are also one thing.
suffering is a facet of God’s glory, and if we are contemplating God’s glory so that we may be transformed into His likeness, we need to contemplate the whole thing—His suffering, too. If we consistently and insistently gloss over the suffering of God and skip right to the triumph, our understanding of God will eventually cease to be Christian, our “god” will become a triumphalist psychopath, and we will start to reflect that image instead.
Sermon #3. Ideally, we'll get a recording of the second one, one of these days...
God is not oppressive, God is not stingy, and the thing that makes God most angry is when people are promoting and/or worshiping something or some idea that isn’t Him. It robs Him of His glory, and His glory is the best thing that could ever happen to us.
Why are we all still talking about God's glory and God's love as two different things? If someone or something's "glory" is basically that person or thing's essence, and "God IS love," then how would God's love and God's glory not be exactly the same thing?
'Tis the season to use the word Glory (or Gloria) a lot. If you're anything like me, the usage mostly happens unthinkingly--except for this year. This year I'm writing a new study for the OSFGroups. The study is called Glory, so I guess I'm noticing the word, and how we use it, much more than usual. The seeds… Continue reading Gloria in Excelsis Deo