FROM PASTOR TIM:
After Sunday’s sermon reminding us that “it’s not about you”, but is all about Jesus, one visitor thanked me for preaching that difficult message in our culture and reminded me of Isaiah 43:7. I wish I had thought of using it in the sermon, but, the body of Believers reminds us of things we miss, and, that’s why we have “Sunday Leftovers”.
In the context of God redeeming His people, Isaiah 43:7 reads: “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Notice the underlined portion. God’s followers are created for His glory. Period. Does He love us? Oh yes…He sent Jesus to die in our place. John 15:13 reads: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
But we are not the ultimate object of God’s greatest affections. His glory is. That might sound selfish, but it’s not. Another saint texted me this message about the sermon:
“Some people think that God’s intent to glorify His name is narcissistic…it is more that God wants people to recognize the reality of His existence…It is not self-aggrandizement, it is reality.”
Well stated. God knows He is the ultimate reality but fallen people cannot easily come to that truth. Movement towards God does require God to move first, and, in His eternal love for His creation, He is trying to reveal that He is the ultimate.
So, in the end, it is not about us. It never was. It’s always been about God, and by His love and grace alone, He sent Jesus to make a way.
With trembling, thanksgiving and joy,
Rescued by Christ,