Guys, what a breakthrough. I mentioned in my last lexical post that I was thinking thoughts about glory and worship. God has been graciously instructing me on what it really means to be a truthful and spiritual worshiper, and so much of it has to do with our will and His glory. The ‘rest’ of it has to do with humility . . . not that I have figured it all out, but the rest that’s available to us in worship is attached to the ability to acknowledge what is true . . . which requires humility . . . and any further revelation will only be bestowed upon me as I continue to posture myself in humility before Him. So that’s what I double-entendrely mean by ‘the rest of it ‘. . .

Over the weekend I realized what I was missing when God says through Paul that His {God’s} strength is made perfect in our weakness: we are designed to be sustained, and – in our dependence on God – illuminate His Glory. We have this treasure in jars of clay . . . the essence and Spirit of God is the light in our lamps. Without Him, apart from Him, we are not lamps but empty vessels . . . clay jars. dust. earth.

Mere material.

Shame, then, is the absence of light in a being that was specifically designed to contain and carry it. Shame is having the lights turned off . . . being under-dressed for the cosmos. Shame was the act of uncovering ourselves from the glory that clothed us.

The Love of God as offered through the blood of Jesus is the redemptive form of the glory we gave up. That’s why God is constantly telling us to abide in His love . . . keep the cloak on.

We need it.

The thing I saw this weekend is that by resenting my need for sustenance and a Savior, I have resented the way my Creator designed me. My understanding of our weakness – and my weakness in particular – was always attached to Sin And The Fall. I think I thought of shame as something that was always there and was only exposed by us realizing we were naked . . . something that always was and still is inherently wrong in or about me that I should be . . . ashamed of. But we always were naked, and at first we were unashamed. It was always true that apart from Him I am and can do nothing. I was not designed to live disconnected from The Vine. It was always true that I need God to keep me alive. And it’s only humility that can appreciate that. Only humility can glory in being a created being designed to be sustained by its Creator.

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even the things that are not to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him, you are in Christ Jesus who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’

1 Corinthians 1:28-31

What was helpful to me this weekend as a recovering perfectionist was the realization that there was never any independence from God in the Garden for me to salvage out of my own strength.

The glory of the Garden was the ease and innocence with which we experienced our complete and total dependence on God, our Creator.

The glory of the Gospel is that through Jesus we are restored in that relationship. We can wear the cloak of the righteousness of King Jesus, fabricated by Love with healing and provision and protection.

We don’t have to be orphans in the universe. We don’t have to live under-dressed for the cosmos.

Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God, which he gave to us in such large measure! In all his wisdom and insight God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head. {Ephesians 1:6-10, GNT}

. . . & & // to God alone always be all the glory.

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