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from glory to glory…

Morning Glory…

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Wednesday morning…a special Wednesday in this moment of eternity…some of the family in the Body of Messiah have been enjoying a season after Christmas–seven weeks of remembering the pure glory of the life of Messiah in His earthly ministry… This Wednesday  is called “Ash Wednesday”…begins a season calling some of the family in the Body of Messiah to remember who we are…dust in the hands of God…dust fashioned for the glory of Messiah Jesus…dust being transformed into the image of God’s own Son…dust…an earthen vessel out of which the glory of Christ is meant to shine…dust in whom the excellence of the power is shown to be of God and not of us…dust in whose weakness Messiah’s strength is made perfect…

In my recent studies of 2 Corinthians with the women in my church, I have been lingering on the apostle Paul’s reminder that we who believe in Messiah Jesus groan to be clothed with our habitation which is from Heaven… We who are in this dusty vessel do not long to be unclothed, but to be further clothed, that mortality would be swallowed up in life… (2 Corinthians 5.1-5)…

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee…

You are thinking that I digress, but I don’t digress. Ash Wednesday does not begin a season of empty, symbolic, perfunctory deprivation; Ash Wednesday calls the believer in Messiah Jesus to become clothed more heavily with the beauty and character of Messiah… To long for Him and His government in me so much that I lay aside more of that appetite for the petty little “preciousses” I think are my rights to hoard as a human… The season of Epiphany laid the groundwork for meditating on His glory and majesty… The season of Lent calls for a new and responsive season of remembering that I am a human made of dust in the hands of a glorious God for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ…

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What a glorious and extraordinary feeling it is! To realize the fragility and weakness of the vessel which houses so much of what my mother used to call “potential…” In this dusty vessel, the excellence of that “potential” is Christ’s alone …

And, yes. In order to realize more of the excellence of Christ’s potent majesty, it means laying aside a bunch of dust-laden stuff–because I groan to be “further clothed” by His hands in my dusty vessel…

I…count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord….that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…

–Philippians 3.8-10


Here is a link to view the passages of this morning’s adventure into timeless glory from the Daily Office in the Book of Common Prayer: Scripture Passages in NKJV

On this link, you may also find a menu from which to choose alternate translations…


Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land.  Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, “It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.”So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest’.

-–Psalm 95

Blessed are those who walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, for their dusty vessels are being further clothed in His glory. Pray for those whose vision is blinded and whose lives are suffocated by the dust of the things of this world. And…

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever…I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy…”

…Psalm 132.6


 

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