Soli Deo Gloria 5

It is a sad thing when saints lose the passion, the joy and amazement of their first love (Rev 2:4).  Daily duties, distractions and preoccupations inevitably come in, and it is for us to set before us Him who has transformed us from being arrogant, worldly subjects into heavenly-minded citizens.

The religious pharisee Saul is described as having fell to the earth (Acts 9:4), trembling and astonished (v. 6), as the sheer otherness of his encounter with the Lord Jesus overwhelmed him.  The intellectual prophet Isaiah felt undone and unclean (Is 6:5) upon witnessing something of the transcendent glory of God.  We may not have had identical experiences, but ought we not to feel a similar sense of amazement and humility on a regular basis?  Christ being the amazing reality of our undeserving lives, can we not tune into Him more often than we do?

Let us be mindful of the human infirmity of the beloved John, when he endeavoured to bow before the feet of the angel (Rev 22:8), not long after having worshipped Christ Jesus in the self-abasing reverence of someone who was as dead (Rev 1:17).  Thankfully there is our loving heavenly Saviour reassuring him, commanding him to Fear not (v. 17), and surely commanding us (who are even less worthy) to do the same.

May we approach our Lord Jesus Christ with the appropriate godly fear and reverence, yet not in a way of impossible severity or strictness.  And may we, in all our Godward intentions still feelingfully remember the evangelistic whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely (Rev 22:17), Alpha words which may be sincerely offered to dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters  (Rev 22:15), until that irrevocable day of Omega (Rev 22:13).

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