July 14, 2011

Reside in the Glory of your Reality

Currently re-reading Kenny Luck’s book “Dreams” and found this paragraph helpful and challenging as I live out this life not for my glory but for the glory of God:

Your reality is God’s glory. Everything that is happening in your life- especially the stuff you want to keep a secret – is an ingredient in God’s greatness. You might be thinking, I don’t want God to use that! God’s reply is, That is exactly what I want to use. God is eager to use your now life, not your cleared up version. To fuel the dream. He prefers struggles over strengths. One gives Him the glory, the other gives you the glory.

John 9:1-3

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind   3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

We all are sinners, despised, rejected, insecure, lustful, hateful. Alcoholic, codependent, dysfunctional. This is our unsanitized reality. God did not erase it when He came into my life instead He used it so people may see His glory. My awful, dirty past became His glory. The chump becomes a champ. And the result? We bear His reality and others see the transformation and begins to believe and worship Jesus.

Psalm 40:2-3

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,   out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD  and put their trust in him.