Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pursuing God's Glory Continued...

I wish I could say that my divine revelation brought me joy over night, that because of my new mission, I was instantly joyous, but that isn't the case. The pursuit of God and His glory is just that, a pursuit.


pur·suit

noun



  • 1.the action of following or pursuing someone or something:"the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird"synonyms:striving towardquest after/forsearch for, ...

Pursuit is the action of following someone or something. Thus, it is constant. The pursuit of joy is the constant pursuit of Christ. They are one path. 

So what does it mean to pursue God's glory? It means to constantly seek Him. Constantly seek His word. Constantly seek to live Christ-like. It isn't enough to find God, receive salvation and then go on with your life. When you finally earn the love of another, do you stop trying? Aren't we supposed to maintenance our relationships, our marriages? Our relationship with God requires maintenance, it requires a pursuit of His likeness, of His glory. 

What is His glory?

His glory is all around us. It is in creation. It is revealed in Genesis when He created the heavens and the earth. It is revealed in His offering of salvation to a wicked people. The sun, the moon, how they know when to rise and fall. The sea, how it knows to brush against the shore so as to not wash it away. The cry of a newborn child after being birthed from its mother's womb. The persistent faithful prayer of a mother who refuses to lose her child to the world. The kneeling of an once sinner at a tear soaked alter. The plea of a burdened pastor for his flock. The compassion of God's people for a suffering world. The sincere prayer of an unknowing child. A praising church in a time of drought. Each of these acts of servitude and faithfulness reveal God's glory. 

Moses is the perfect example of a man's pursuit for God's glory. He desired to see God's glory desperately, and wouldn't take no for an answer.

"And he said beseech thee, shew me thy glory" (Exodus 33:18). "And the lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin..." (Exodus 34:6-7). 

Moses, being mundane as you and I, could not physically see God as He is, therefore God revealed His glory through His divine character. His glory is His mercy, His grace, His compassion and faithfulness, His justice and long suffering. God could have shown Moses His power and might, but instead He showed him his love. God showed him His glory by showing him His character. God's glory is revealed through His sincere love, through His perfect, unfailing, impartial character.    

So how do we live for God's glory? We follow in His likeness. We too must possess these glorious characteristics mentioned above. Man was made in God's image, therefore we must project His glory, His love and mercy. But we are only human, you say...how are we supposed to show mercy when no mercy is given? How do we show love to those who portray us? How are we to remain faithful when we have endured so much pain and suffering? How can we forgive without an apology? These thoughts are driven by revenge, bitterness, and malice. Not by God. These thoughts are driven by our need for joy in man. We look to family, friends, spouses, acquaintances to bring us joy, but the truth is, they are only human, and humans are imperfect. Man causes pain, even when they don't mean to. Man brings sadness, even when it is unintended. Man brings disappointment, even it is accidental. 

Moses didn't look to the people surrounding him for joy, and he definitely didn't find God's glory in man. No, he relentlessly pursued God's glory in God himself, and when God's glory was revealed, it was written all over Moses. Those very people who we so often look to for happiness, saw God's presence in Moses. God never intended for us to look to others for the kind of love only He can give. When we pursue God and His glory, His presence, His sacred character, lives within us. His mercy, love, grace, justice, long suffering, all radiate off of us for the entire world to see. His character will live through us, and that, Christ living through you, that will bring you joy. 

"The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God." 
- John Piper

Don't pursue God for what He can give you, pursue Him for what He is to you. Relentlessly pursuing a God whom you have already found is the greatest love story you will ever live. Begin your love story now. Rekindle the fire that once burned inside of you and flourish in your constant pursuit of God's glory. 

-M




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