Friday, February 18, 2011

Two Hours of Worship Because: It Is Your Calling

If you are a Jesus-follower then your ultimate calling is expressed in 2 Thessalonians 2:12: "We pray 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."

 Real Jesus-followers live lives that glorify Christ. Christ is glorified in them. This speaks not of "fame" in the sense of accomplishments, but refers to a quality of being. God, e.g., is glorified for who he is. For such reasons Paul rejoices about "Christ in him, the hope of glory." A Jesus-follower's life reflects Christ.

The calling of a real Jesus-follower is, ultimately, this: Christ glorified in you, and you glorified in Christ. God and man sharing in the same love. Ben Witherington calls this a theology of "interpenetration."

To "glorify" God is to worship him for who he is in the first place. Our future glorification, which one day will be complete, affects our present lives. Because this is our calling, our destiny, we live in the light of this calling now. We live lives that reflect the glory of God and express his glory.

Tomorrow night at Redeemer we have another opportunity to live out our destiny. We'll gather in our sanctuary at 6 PM and worship for 2 hours. For me this will feel good. Increasingly, it feels natural. I was made for this. So were you.

WIN - Worship Intercession Night
Sat., Feb. 18, 6-8 PM
Redeemer Fellowship Church
5305 Evergreen