Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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."
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)

For lovers of Jesus this is far from a letdown.

My two books are:

Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God (May 2016)

Leading the Presence-Driven Church (January 2018)

I am now writing:

How God Changes the Human Heart

Technology and Spiritual Formation

And, Linda and I are talking about co-writing our book on Relationships.