An Inheritance of Glory
I seem to have quite a knack of deceiving myself. I would claim that all my actions in working for God’s Kingdom arise from a pure motive, the desire to bring glory to God. But under slight examination my true motive is revealed. All that I do, I am seeking my own glory. In each photograph, my own glory. In the raising of my children, my own glory. In the planting of gardens, my own glory. In the writing of words, my own glory. In the peace of my marriage, my own glory. Pride is such a sickness permeating all that I touch. I have been aware of it and been caught in its tension for as long as I can remember. How is it possible to shine like a city on a hill and yet keep the left hand from knowing what the right hand is doing? (Matthew 5.14 & 6.3) Am I to cease doing anything until my motives are pure? There must be a different solution.
Christ demanded of us complete submission. “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10.39) This is such a huge paradox for our minds to grasp. At least, until we recognize the nature of ourselves. If it were possible to achieve human perfection under our own power of will then pride would become the byproduct and there perfection would cease. It is so true that God’s glory is most evident when we are brought low. “…for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12.9) Our pride must take a mortal wound. In our lowest moments, we become sickened by ourselves and we beg God to take this sinful self away from our being. And when he honours this request and our self is removed, grace and peace pour out unceasingly. And in this moment we rejoice in our weakness for without it we would continue walking proudly in self-deceit.
Now, finally. Our journey can begin. Through discipline we must continue slaying pride. Every day when it rears its ugly head, laugh at it like the fool that it is and fix your eyes on God’s glory. When our eyes are fixed on him, the light we perceive in ourselves fades out of our vision and we are filled instead with the life that is the light of men. (John 1.4) Through obedience and submission, Christ was exalted by the Father to sit upon the throne and we are called to do the same. “He called you to salvation when we told you the Good News; now you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 2.14)