Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Glory of God’s Grace in Humility

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. . . . and after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5: 6-7;10)

Excerpt from “The Glory of God in Humanity: In Need of God’s Grace” – 2011-01-09
Sir Edward Elgar was a British composer who wrote oratorios, symphonies and operas at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of twentieth century. One day he was listening to a young woman, a soprano with a beautiful voice singing his music. And she was singing exquisitely. She had a beautiful voice technically – and she sang with clarity, range and wondrous purity. Yet someone overheard sir Elgar say, "She will be truly great when something happens to break her heart." Though she had a beautiful voice – this woman was a still missing a deeper dimension of authenticity.

We are a desperately needy people. We were created by God to glorify God, but because of our sinful nature, wrought in the Garden of Eden, we are totally helpless and dead in our sin. When that truth finds its way into the depths of our heart – we will then begin to sing of the grace of God with the deeper dimension of authenticity of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. The glory of God in humanity is that the “God of all grace” has provided for a desperate needy people who are in great need of God’s grace.