Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Go for the Glory

Why do people go on rides in the dead of winter knowing they are likely to get soaked? Why do people raise their hands while riding a rollercoaster that is going upside down? Karsyn did on the Tower of Terror, (I was holding on to tight to take a picture) because she was encouraged to by her hero/daddy and other adults. Zandi did (above) where it seemed more reasonable. The answer may be somewhere between bravery and stupidity, but I can't help but think it is more to do with personal glory. We are often encouraged to "Go for the Glory", but what exactly does that mean? Is it a destination, a price, a place, a state of mind? If you ever got it, how would you know? Would others know or even really care? Do you get to keep it or does it require a renewable subscription? Is it real or imaginary? Personally, I am thinking we don't really understand this glory thing at all. The apostle Peter thought and taught we should go for the glory:

1PE 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

We should be going for the Glory, but probably not on a rollercoaster. Glory is on the basis of faith, not flesh, it happens in the heart, not with hands. The real glory is revealed in heaven for eternity, , not here on earth for 15 minuets. It is not so much what a person does, but what he believes, accepts, puts his confidence in . It is living in relationship, loved by the Father, led by the Spirit for the Glory of the Son. On second though maybe we should be going for the Glory in everything we do. Did I read that somewhere?

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