Guest writer: Sue Weaver

Maybe you saw pictures on Facebook. A crane lifted a big air conditioning unit to the church roof on Wednesday morning. Getting ready for the new unit, all the wires to the old one were cut – including the one that sets off the fire alarm if the unit dangerously overheats!  An unplanned fire drill ensued.

Grace Church HVAC 2013

Outside (enjoying the sunshine and the crane, I must admit), I chatted with several people from different parts of the building. My job at the church takes place in one small area of the building, so I always enjoy seeing friends “from the other end.”

While chatting, I saw Lois Ross! Turns out Lois was part of the fire drill because she had an appointment at the school. We started talking, and our conversation soon turned to our summer reading, Desiring God.

The chapter on conversion was our focus; we talked about  how difficult it is to grasp how we convert to following Christ. Not how in the sense that the blood of Christ saves us, but how in the sense of process, steps, what is His part and what is our part. Yes, we do the trusting in Christ’s sacrifice for us, but first we have to realize that we’re sinners because we’re not glorifying Him—this He provides.  Conversion theories abound, but we agreed that since our very existence is God’s idea, our salvation originates with/in/from Him, no matter how we describe our part.

We explored Piper’s definition of sin being everything that does not glorify God. Boy, sin looks big through this lens!  It makes us realize that we routinely dishonor God by exchanging our focus on God’s glory for things of lesser value: we trust ourselves, we take credit for His gifts, and we turn from His commandments because we think we know better.  Lois pointed out that we hold the glory of the Lord in contempt with cultural catchphrases like, “It’s my body and I’ll do what I want with it.” It’s not our body—He not only created it, He bought it with His blood.

The Bible says that whether we eat or drink or whatever we do , we are to do it all to the glory of God.  I told Lois that I have often experienced the phrase ”glorify God” as so spiritual that it’s vague, and it ended up having little practical meaning. But Piper explains that glorifying God doesn’t mean making Him more glorious, it means valuing Him above everything else and acknowledging how marvelously glorious He is, and then making His glory known. I told Lois that the phrases “valuing God” and “reflecting Him”  make the concept of glorifying God clearer for me; Lois remarked that if we value God when we eat and drink it will surely change our diets!

Guest writer: Sue Weaver