I have been silent. Something about sleeping with the lights on..,a topic for another day…but for now, I would like to share a thought.
NP: Yahweh – Elevation Worship
Reading: I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people – Ephesians 1:18
Recently I learnt that worship comes from the phrase “worth ship”. The first implying a revelation, and the second a response.
In my 12 years of knowing God I have come to the understanding that everything about God is about revelation!
A few key thoughts:
- You cannot live the full life God has for you without revelation of His unconditional love for you. You will likely to get in your way or try to earn God’s love as the world presents it as something unattainable and only for a few. God doesn’t like this much (Isaiah 64:6). In fact God claims us by our ability to love, saying we will be known for our love. Almost as if to say if they can just see love, they will believe…if it can be revealed, it will induce a change of mind, heart and actions
- The whole journey with God starts with a revelation; be it of your sinful nature in need of a Saviour or of the potential to live it up in a home made for you in the afterlife, hey… no judgements of your salvation story 😉
- The word makes sense through revelation. It is called the living word (Hebrews 4:12) as it meanders in the fabric of our life to reveal the deep things of God.
- One thing to note is that what is being revealed is not given existence by your discovery, it already existed, in its full form. It is like a buried treasure…it exists, with a name even, but has to be dug out to be revealed. Hey it’s not even a moving goal post…it stays where it is waiting to be discovered
That discovery, any discovery will change how you perceive things, think and act, often immediately!
I guess that is why God is a fan of revelation. Look at words like ‘light’, ‘enlighten’, ‘open hearts and eyes’, ‘vision’, the ‘torn veil’ and advocating for us to ‘seek understanding’ and often highlighting the perils of not knowing (Hosea 4:6).
I reckon He is after the change of perception, thinking and actions that comes as a result of revelation more than the method of revelation (Romans 1: 20). This relentless God will use anything, anyone, anytime and anyhow to reveal Himself to you. He knows the power of discovery, knowledge, understanding, open heart/eyes…for all we know revelation is the beginning of character building
Human intelligence and “enlightenment” has overtaken the desire to seek wisdom, revelation and understanding. We are the generation of information, big data and social media, which is amazing, but we should ask what are we enlightened to? If not the ideas of humans who change their mind about almost everything, every generation depending on the latest technology or finding or discovery? How we live says a lot about what has been revealed to us
So worship, it goes beyond the slow jam at church, it really is your reaction to what is revealed to you about God. So a life well lived, is a life full of revelation! Gratitude is a sign of revelation…so is kindness, generosity, love, joy, gentleness…sounding familiar? Man I thank God He reveals Himself and when or if I cannot see anything, knowing what it is worth, I dig for it in solitude, the people I meet, in the word, in the company I keep, in the books I read, in the stuff I watch…and I continue to react to these revelations, what some may call spiritual growth
Now, as I respond to the revelation that there is power in showing ones scars, let me be vulnerable to a dear friend and share how tough my last few months have actually been
See what I did there
Portia – The spiritual