Chapter 48: Who Is the Greatest?

July 4, 2009

I’ve been away from blogging for a while. Something about marriage, moving 3000 miles, and settling into a new teaching job. There’s another reason. I’ve read this chapter about 6 times and am having a hard time getting past it. Sometimes I think my emotions are parsed out in a way that finding a spare emotion to support writing is difficult. It’s difficult to stop then start–it’s life after all.

“Lucifer had said, ‘I will be like the Most High’. … Had Lucifer really desired to be like the Most High, he would never have deserted his appointed place in heaven; for the spirit of the Most High is manifestd in unselfish ministry. Lucifer desired God’s power, but not His character.” DA467

Look around your heart for this little catch. We may all have a peice of this same crooked desire somewhere inside; and it is what keeps us from bending to every breeze of God’s Spirit. Satan knows how effective it is for destruction since it caused him to lose heaven.

Basically, in some way we only want part of God. We want Sunday morning’s resurection without Thursday evening’s blood sweat and loneliness. We want to be forgiven and still gossip. We want blessings to match our human wish list. We want to put God first when it’s convenient to put God first and as long as it makes us feel good. Do we really just want to feel good? Maybe I didn’t blog the DA because I just wanted to sit in front of the internet on auto pilot these last months.  We bring emotional addiction into spirituality because every fallen nature (Satan’s and mine) want’s more to feel like God without being like God.

I thank God that a fundamental differece remains between the fallen nature of Lucifer and my own nature on this point. Satan will never accept the gift of God. Jesus gives Himself, His character, to His children through the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t offer part of Himself–His power and the miracles–without humilty, faithfullness, perserverance in suffering, sacrifice, and dependence on the Father. In the righteousness of Christ we recieve all of the life of Christ even though we may feel at times like we are about to sweat blood.

“It was not enough for the disciples of Jesus to be instructed as to the nature of His kingdom. What they needed was a change of heart that would bring them into harmony with it’s principles.” DA468

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