Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
The Glory of God (con’t)
(Today…I am taking from John Piper’s latest book “A Peculiar Glory”)
The glory of God in and through the Scriptures is a real, objective, self-authenticating reality. Christian faith is not a leap in the dark. It is not a guess or a wager. God is not honored if he is chosen by the flip of a coin. A leap into the unknown is no honor to one who has made himself known.
Piper says “in the end..we know by sight, not inference. The final step of certainty concerning the Scriptures is the step of sight, not inference. The pathway that leads to sight may involve much empirical observation, and historical awareness, and rational thought. But the end we are seeking is not a probably inference from historical reasoning but a full assurance that we have seen the glory of God. Thus, at the end of all human means, the simplest preliterate person and the most educated scholar come to a saving ‘knowledge’ of the truth of Scripture in the same way: by a sight of its glory.
Liberating and Devastating
Of course, this is both liberating and devastating. It is liberating because it means the sweetness of well-grounded, God-honoring confidence in Scripture is not reserved for scholars but is available for all eyes to see. And it is devastating because no human being can see the glory without God’s help. This is not because we are just helpless victims of blindness but because of the power of Sin’s blinding effect, we are lovers of blindness. “This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil” John 3:19. We are not chained in a dark cell, longing to see the sunshine of God’s glory. We love the cell, because sin and Satan have deceived us into seeing the drawings on the wall as the true glory and the source of greatest pleasure. Our prison cell of darkness is not the bondage of external constraint but of internal preference. “We have exchanged the glory of god for images” (Romans 1:23). We love them. This is our blindness.
What must happen is described by the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:6. The God who created light in the beginning must shine into our dark cell to reveal himself. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” the answer to our darkness is the shining of divine glory into our hearts by means of the light of knowledge–the knowledge mediated by God’s inspired Scripture.
Jesus gave the apostle Paul the mission of “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18). ” (end)
Thus it is the same mission today…yours and mine…to take the light of the glory of God out to those who are lost in darkness. Amen
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