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Submitted to Love

There is One who heals. There is One who delivers. We do not bring the dead back to life. There is only One who does, and it is the Name that is above every other name. When we give our lives to Christ, we are crucified with Him on the cross and it is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). What we bring to the table is a willing heart, a heart that says to God, “Here I am, send me.” If we get into the business of attributing God’s power to ourselves without the foundation of humility that says, “Jesus, apart from You I can do nothing,” then we walk down a slippery slope.


A Holy God


To be holy is to be different. We are holy because God has made us so in Christ Jesus. Yet, even when the things that are to be fulfilled come to pass, and when we have entered into eternity, still we will say to God, “You are holy! You are different!” A perspective that looks at our glorification in Christ through the lens of the self is warped; we know God is self-less, therefore to be glorified like Christ when He returns means the self will be done away with entirely. We will see God in the fullness of His glory, and it will be impossible for our eyes to look inward.

To think of that moment as a time where we can finally look at ourselves as God is an idea deceived by sin. We will not be worshipping one another or ourselves--that idea in of itself sounds very strange. We even see this with John and the angel at the end of Revelation, “I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.’” (Revelation 22:8-9 ESV). God is the One who will be glorified.

We see this all throughout the Book of Revelation. There is only One who is worthy to open the scroll. There is only One who is worthy to be worshipped. “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!’ And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Revelation 5:13-14 ESV). There is only One who will be worshipped in the end, and it is God. Not our own designs. Not our own achievements. Not our amount of healings, prophecies, or works. But God alone. What crown can remain and not be cast at Chris