Kingdom Principle: God’s Glory is shown to and through his chosen servants.
2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9
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You have not because you asked not. Jesus shares this principle with us very clearly – what he doesn’t tell is what to ask for… The question for each of us is “Do you know what you want?” Knowing what you want is the first step to getting “it” – unfortunately many have no clue what they want in general or specific. The scriptures today lead us to ask the question – Have you seen God’s Glory? And I ask you, “Do you want to see God’s glory?”
Can God’s Glory can be concealed? Even as the god of this world would like to veil the light of the gospel which is the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, he can’t. There is more to the image of God than the light of the gospel. (think about this for just a minute) God’s image is in the gospel… and yet our very lives are made in the image of God. God’s glory has been made to shine through us and the gospel in much the same way. Could it be that the message of the gospel and the message of our lives are designed to be on in the same….?
This is the final week of Epiphany for 2012 – next week we move into the season of Lent. The transition from Epiphany to Lent is marked by the climax of all that the Spirit of God has revealed through the Life of Jesus to this world. Lent will then prepare us to let go of the things of this world, by taking on and embracing the disciplines of Jesus. Do you have all that you want and need from the Spirit of God? If not – ask for more. The way of Jesus is to be easy and light – but that is when you are yoked equally with him. That yoke is measured by the power of the Spirit.
Elisha is not being greedy when he asks Elijah for a double portion of his spirit – He is merely asking for all that is possible. He is asking for a full inheritance. Culturally speaking – The first born was to receive 2/3 of the inheritance while the others are to receive 1/3. This is the double portion. One cannot give more than one has – So Elijah cannot give a double dose of his spirit to Elisha – rather – Elisha is asking to take his rightful place as the inherited spiritual son of Elijah. We are called the son’s of God and called to take our rightful place in this world.
Our God is not silent nor passive about the way in which his blessing is dispensed. Our King is a wealthy King – and the King longs to share all that he has with his noble subjects who are his servants. Peter, James and John are invited into the presence of Jesus, Elijah and Moses – the glory is revealed to them like never before in their life. (This is not a first for either of the other three) and yet in this Jesus alone is the true glory of God. Jesus calls us unto himself as God has summoned all the earth and heavens to reveal his glory.
Where have you seen God’s Glory?
Where is the Glory of God shining through you?
If you don’t have quick answers to either of those questions – Ask to see his Glory – it will most likely come through the lives of God’s chosen servants who are not looking to draw attention to themselves, but can’t help but to shine the light of the son in this dark world.