“Oh to behold the Glory of Christ!
Here in would I live, here in would I die,
here on would I dwell in my thoughts and my affections
until all things here below become as dead and deformed things,
and in no longer, any way, calling out for my affections.”
These words are not cheap or toneless; they cannot be. They reveal the heart that has been changed from stone to flesh (Ezek 36:26). They reveal the joy of a secret known (Mt 13:44). These words resonate in the fellowship of believers calling us continually to have but one focus, to have our gaze set in but one direction and upon but one Object of Affection… ‘Oh to behold the Glory of Christ!’.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (emphasis mine, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 ESV)
I am thankful to be reminded again today of what God has done… it is enough, more than enough.The Object of my Affection I saw a precious act of Love It changed my heart to know That in the Fullness of my Lord He calls me in response to sow. I see the force of waters great I hear it move with grace Its nature fills and so redeems My parched and barren space Before my eyes there is a view Of how death takes away Yet trusting Him I follow on And surrender each new day His face I know thru evidence Of costly matchless Gift His love transforms my downcast gaze My eyes and heart now lift My all in all is found in Him In wonder I am thrilled To finally know the joy and hope And love which fills and fills. Father God, the great ‘I AM’ Christ Jesus, King of kings Spirit Divine, the Comforter Your praises I will sing