A Platform for Glory
[serve] by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.
– 1Peter 4:11
My wife and I's life contains moments that regularly push us outside of what most would call a normal routine. We recently found ourselves in another one of these abnormalities. This time we were spending several days at my mother-in-law's apartment, with our two kids that my wife home schools, helping watch my wife's 85-year-old great aunt while her brother (who has a TBI) had to be taken into the hospital. We were down to one car, sleeping on couches, in recliners, and on floors. It was a hectic week, to say the least. Most of all, it was hectic for my wife.
On one of the days this was happening, my wife texted me and said, "I'm sorry we don't have a normal life."
It would be nice for more normal in our lives. However, the more we thought about that statement, the more we asked, "do we really want a normal life?" What is the normal life? Something usual, expected, planned, and easy? With that kind of life, where is there room for God's glory to shine bright? Where is the awe of him coming in and holding us up in our exhaustion? Where is the sweet fellowship that can only take place within the confession of complete dependence? Where is the chance to watch him overcome the cares of this world within us? Where is the front row seat to witness his power?
Friends, those things don't come in normal lives.
As we have talked about it, we have reminded each other that our greatest hope is that at the end of our lives people hear one resounding declaration, "God is glorious!" So we ask, what is more glorious? God providing an easy life, or Christ meeting the needs of our lives and souls as they are poured out for him? Is he more glorious as we sit on the shore, or when he stands up in our boat to calm the storms that threaten us?
We want to see Christ! We want to know him and we want others to see him in us. That is our goal. To see, experience, and share his glory, rather than display the ease of a comfortable life.
...whoever serves, [do so] as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. — 1 Peter 4:11
So we will not fight for maximum comfort, we will fight to maximize God’s glory as we lean on his power to serve in the difficult times.
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