Sunday, December 23, 2007

Whose glory?

Kamryn is growing up. She is getting more and more fun to have conversations with and in turn, I am having more fun pushing her buttons. This morning we were talking about how cool it was when we saw the Elephant. She recounted more than once (way more than once) the story of her seeing the Elephants and then letting us know about the elephants that she saw. I told her that I had written in the blog that I had seen the Elephants and let all everyone know. She looked at me with a face that was borderline crying, "You can't say that... That is lying. I was the one who saw the elephants." I looked at her with a shocked face and told her that, not it was I who saw the elephants. She responded, "No, I saw them. You are committing adultery. (I let that one slide - I didn't really explain to her that I didn't commit adultery). I asked her why it was wrong that I wrote that I saw the elephants and she said, "Because I saw them." I then saw an opportunity for a bible moment and said something like, "You must feel like God when he does something good through us or for us and we take the glory that is rightfully his." She didn't seem super into my analogy but I thought it was good enough for a blog.

C.J. Mahaney calls it "cosmic plagarism" and I thought that was a pretty good illustration of what it is like when act like that God actually did is from us. If you consider that every breath we breathe is from God, and every dollar we have is from God and every beat of our heart is a gift from God, it is difficult to find a place where we can take credit for anything. So when we become prideful, we are doing what I "did" to Kamryn, in that, I am stealing the glory that is rightfully hers. If repetition is any indication of the importance that God places on not stealing the glory that is His, than we ought to tread carefully. Six times these words are written in scripture from three different writers:

Ro 11:36 - For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Eph 3:21 - to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

2 Ti 4:18 - To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Pe 4:11 - To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Pe 3:18 - To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Re 5:13 - Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

This last verse sums it all up:

Rev. 4:11 (NIV)
"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."

God is worthy to receive the glory because he created all things and sustains all things... What then can we take credit for?

So, how do we humble ourselves so that God gets His glory? C.J. Mahaney in his book on humility states that we just need ponder the cross of Christ. We can't be prideful when we realize the suffering that our Lord Jesus had to go through to pay the penalty for our sin. It is hard to be prideful in our goodness, or our talents or our successes when we realize that it took death to give us life.

So, with that we turn our eyes toward heaven and pray as Jesus taught us, "Our Father in Heaven, hallowed is your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is heaven..."

May we not rob our Father of His glory that is rightfully His, but instead be one who practices transference of anything good to the only who is Good.

So, just to clarify, that it was indeed Kamryn who saw the Elephants and it is indeed God who is responsible for anything good that I have done or will ever do. I don't mind give credit to One who is so gracious to allow me to do good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Cosmic Plagarism". A term I must remember. Wonderful post.

I hope that your Jungle Oats turned out well.

I look forward to reading more about how you and your family are minstering to Zambia. I miss Zambia every day. Teen Missions is sending me to Malawi this summer, so I'll be right next door.