I was talking with one of my coworkers about her children behaving at school. She marveled at how well behaved her strong-willed daughter was for her teacher. “ You see, they have this couch in their classroom,” she told me, “and whoever is the best behaved the day before get’s to sit on the couch during story time while everyone else is sitting on their mats. Only one person gets to sit on the couch each day. My daughter would do anything not to sit on the floor; she just lives to sit on the couch.
God’s glory cost Moses friends. It cost Abraham his home. It cost Joseph his freedom.It cost David years of fighting. It cost Job his family. It cost Jonah his prejudices.It cost Mary her reputation. It cost Peter his livelihood. It cost Paul his safety. It costs many their lives.
How dare I expect it to cost me nothing.
As I have continued to think about the weight of God’s majesty, I don’t think that this question is hypothetical. At some point, I truly believe, God’s glory will demand something precious of each of us. So my question now has been “How can I prepare now, so that when the time comes I am able to give up something costly for God’s glory?”
I think if we look to Moses’ example in Exodus we can gain a few insights on HOW we can come to the point of being able to surrender whatever so that God will receive the maximum glory.
Above in Exodus 33:18 Moses asked God to “show me Your glory.” If we look ahead to Exodus 34, we can see how God answered Moses request:
“The Lord passed before him…and Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance
- Bow and worship. “Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped…” See Him for all He is and BASK in it.
- Ask for His presence. “…O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us,…” I really think this is key: God going with us in the midst of us. Relationship. Everyday. Everyplace. Not just at church or in our “quiet time.” But a growing awareness of His movement and activity in the nuances of our lives. Living every second in the reality of who He is and that He loves you and wants to be your friend.
- Recognize our own stubbornness and sin. “…for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin,…” According to Isaiah 64:6 all of us, even us candy-coated church kids are disgusting, filthy, stinking rotting bags of poopy diapers. Or used menstrual pads, if you like a direct translation. There is no self-medication. There is no answer apart from Christ’s blood; his blood spilled on the cross in order to cleanse us once and for all from the curse of sin and bring us into a relationship with Him.
- Abandon yourself. “…and take us for your inheritance.” Let God take you. Let Him possess you. Abandon yourself to God’s complete control. Once an inheritance is given it cannot be taken away. If you are a child of God, He is holding the deed. And He is never letting go.
Only God get’s to sit on the couch, friend.
When God asks me to surrender my treasure for His glory, I pray I hear the voice of a friend, the soft whisper of the One I walk with daily, the One I trust implicitly.
Even now as I think of my dearest treasure, my heart constricts, the panic rises, “Please, God, please don’t ask for that.”
In the same breath I panic and I pray. For God daily in my midst, for abandon to His Plan, and for rest: knowing anything His glory might cost me is well worth it.