How often does glory change your life? When is the last time you were convicted by beauty, inspired by awe to live in new ways?
The Revised Common Lectionary readings for this coming Sunday tell a wide variety of stories about God’s glory and power, yet they all share the perspective that the magnificence of God is earth-shattering, perspective-altering, and life-changing.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t often hear (or preach) sermons lauding the beauty of God as a convicting characteristic of the Divine. We preach grace, we preach forgiveness, we preach right living, we preach salvation, we preach justice. Do we preach the immense, unimaginable, indescribable glory of God?
Do we call out our habits of pride
with the truth of God’s power?
“Can you send forth lightening or
tilt the waterskins of heaven?”
Do we evoke awe and imagination
over the wonder of God’s works?
“You make the clouds your chariot,
fire and flame your ministers;
the waters flee before you.”
Do we tiptoe together to pray over
the terrible beauty of God’s anguish?
“Surely he has borne our sins and
been wounded for our sins.”
Do we hold onto God’s glory
to surround and save us?
“God’s angels will guard you and
God’s tent will be your sanctuary.”
Do we revere Christ our priest — or have we given
our own pastors/priests (or asked for ourselves)
that platform of mystery & prestige?
“Christ is gentle in his power,
holding our tears by his prayers,
working for the reconciliation of all.”
Do we extol God’s glory by
calling one another to humility?
“Whoever wishes to become great
must serve others.”
How often does glory change your life? How often (and how) does it change the lives of those to whom you preach?
What are you preaching this Sunday? Which direction are you sensing from the Spirit? What activities of church life need to be incorporated into your sermon? Have an idea, a question, a musing? Please share in the comments!
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