03 February, 2008

Serving God

I think I was raised with a pretty normal mental picture of God. As a matter of fact, I think I got it from Chick Tracts (anyone remember those?) and I think he got it from all the normal places.

God is really, really big and sitting on an even bigger throne. He is bright beyond compare, and surrounded by billions and billions of angelic servants. And in heaven, the saints surround the throne too. For all eternity we praise, admire, and serve the Living God there on that throne, immovable forever.

It occured to me last night that nothing could be further from the character of God. The first thing God will do in heaven is pop up out of that throne and look for ways to serve us.

I was thinking about the character of God as manifest in Christ, and obviously God is a servant through and through. Service was not just some anomoly paradoxically grafted onto Christ with His human body, it was the well-spring of His being. It still IS the well-spring of His being, or His Name would cease to be I AM.

So, when we get to heaven I'd bet a dollar we'll see God serving in love.

And if we're to be changed into His likeness here on Earth ....

5 comments:

Lynne said...

Wow!
I think you're on to something here, and it meshes well, from a different angle, with something I've been thinking recently, that was God is on about in the whole creation/redemption thingy is not just sitting back getting glory, but sharing His glory, giving it away ..

karen said...

totally agree, bro.

codepoke said...

Thank you, both, for seeing what I meant. It would be so easy to say, "Duh," but somehow it was exciting to me to see God as the opposite of an Earthly king, even after we all get to heaven. And even more so to see more reason to be little in our own eyes.

I look forward to hearing where you go with your picture of God working to share His glory, Lynne. I'm behind you all the way.

Glen said...

Luke 12:37 "It will be good for those servants whose Master finds them watching when He comes. I tell you the truth, He will dress Himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them."

Amen, Amen!

codepoke said...

Thanks, Glen, for seeing that. I had forgotten that promise was in there. Amen!