Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Freedom from the Need to Be Glorified

Butterfly in my backyard

"Our desire to be successful, well liked, and influential becomes increasingly less important as we come closer to God’s heart."
Nouwen is correct. As we get transformed more and more into Christlikeness (Galatians 4:19) Christ becomes prominent and "I" decrease into the background. In the language of Gestalt psychology, Jesus becomes "figure" and I become "ground." 
More and more all we want is for Christ to be magnified. We are not disappointed that he gets the attention because we are free from the need to be glorified. This freedom is realistic since, as Dag Hammarskjold once wrote, "reputation increases, ability decreases." (Hammarskjold, Markings)
Pray to more and more realize that you are less and less in comparison with Christ. For lovers of Jesus this is far from a letdown.