The Eternal And Majestic Servant
It seems odd that we won’t be in the Gospel of John on Sunday. What began in the fall of 2015 with the eternality of the Son, finished with the portrait of him as the majestic servant. Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:25). We were led well to consider how we haven’t even scratched the surface in our 31 month journey through a gospel that laid out specific signs pointing to and advertising His glory. Jesus is truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God (John 20:31). My question though, is how do you feel about Pastor Dieudonné’s public affirmation of Pastor John? In the two camps that I have been in during my church life, I have seen two different responses to pastors. One camp can get outlandish with their affirmation of their pastor through extravagant gifts. The other camp can hold back affirmation for 2 fears: Idolatry and deflection. Celebrity pastors are the norm and idolizing them is easy in our culture. More importantly, it is that God deserves all of the glory. Does praise of others deflect and steal glory from God? For either camp let me draw your attention to Sam Crabtree’s needed book, “Practicing Affirmation.” Sam writes, ”The praising of people does not necessarily preclude the praising of God, if the people are commended ultimately for his glory. God is glorified in us when we affirm the work he has done and is doing in others.” He starts off chapter 2 with, ”Oh, the power of affirmation!” That is a lesson that I am in need of learning. Let’s be a community that practices affirmation in a way that God gets the utmost glory for his work in and through others.