Saturday, January 22, 2011
Notes to the Lord:On Power and Glory
2 Thessalonians 1
10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
Lord Jesus--There is coming a day of glory. There will no missing the fact that judgment and glory have arrived. There will be an end to the systems that have made things work in the world that I am a participant/observer of.
There will be an end for the need for government as I have known it. There will be no need for church as I have known it. Worship absolutely but governing bodies and strategy will no longer be needed. Denominations and lines of authority that seems so necessary right now will fade into the mists of an almost forgotten past. Buildings and boundaries of the past will disappear in a moment at your coming. Style will disappear into the reality of your being with us in power and glory.
Lord Jesus--It will be a day that I will marvel at. What are some of the things that I marvel at now? I marvel at the Grand Canyon, 4 of July fireworks and durative nature of relationships. I marvel at the reality of the hope that is within of Your return. I marvel that I can know and have a relationship with you that time, distance and culture does not interfere with. I marvel as some awesome realities and some pretty silly things all at the same time.
The part I like the best about this is that it includes me! I am a part of this coming celebration. I am not on the outside looking in. My inclusion has nothing to do with anything that I have done, but only I believe and have a relationship with you. I will be a part of the glory. I will be a part of that crowd that praises at your coming.
11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.
Lord Jesus--Paul reminds me that I need to see my present actions and choices in light of that future glory. You continue to be at work within me..molding and shaping who I am to look like you.
Romans 8: 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
Paul's prayer request is that every desire for goodness and every deed prompt by faith might be accomplished. That is a request with boldness written all over it. But can not happen except by your power at work, Lord Jesus. Work in power and grace.
12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus--The goal in all of this is so simple and yet it can so easily slip through the cracks of the church pews. The goal is that you might be glorified in my everyday life...in my thoughts, actions emotions and my reactions.
In the day that will begin with the rising of the sun in a few moments, help me to keep in mind that your glory is the point...Lord Jesus--the prayer of my heart is that you will be glorified though me in this day.