What has our heart? That’s an important question to honestly ask ourselves. What make us tick? What has our greatest passion? Unless we look these questions straight in the face, we may as well continue to live in some kind of fantasy land. Is Christ’s glory our greatest treasure? Or is it something else? Where does His glory rank in our priorities and passions? I ask these questions as much to myself as in this blog post.
Don’t we have to confess that the priority and passion for His glory is not as great as it should be? In his Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen wrote the following:
“It is to be feared that there are some who profess religion with an appearance of strictness, who never separate themselves from all other occasions to meditate on Christ and his glory; and yet, with a strange inconsistency of apprehensions, they will profess that they desire nothing more than to behold his glory in heaven for ever. But it is evident, even in the light of reason, that these things are irreconcilable.” (Page 45).
While his old English may be somewhat difficult to understand at times, the main point is: if we profess to look forward to seeing Christ’s glory in heaven while, right now, we have hardly any thoughts or desires for it is that not greatly inconsistent, to say the least?
What’s the answer to such a state? I believe it’s seeking Him in His word and by prayer, asking Him to fan the flame for the true reason for our existence–the glory of His name. We can pray with the psalmist: “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” (Ps. 119:25).
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