I’d like to welcome guest blogger today.† This is Tyler Satcher.† His blog today was originally an answer in my “Unfinished Sentences” series; “I see God as…”† Tyler’s struggle to put into words the way he sees God may be the most intelligent thing ever said on this blog…
“I appreciate wat ken said “so deep we cant comprehend in our humaness.” That alludes to what Im thinking right now, an image of looking at something thru a wrapping paper tube or something of the sort. All of our statements ab “i see God as…” are like that, limited by our minds and our existence in time. I felt it necessary to qualify my following statement in such a way b/c i could not help but feel that when i say what i see God as, its simply not enough. Its like trying to reduce the irreducible into a simple word, emotion or idea. Or like defining something with a creation of the very thing u are defiining. (I am not infering that God created love in the way we would think about creation. I will never make such an inference, especially since I do not think we could really understand God’s love until heaven) God is certainly love, but its more than that… he defines love you know? And obviously we don’t worship love itself.. it certainly reveals the inadequacy of our language.”
Well said…or not said…oh, I don’t know.† Thanks, Tyler.
Larry W. Johnson…that he lets me be part of it anyway…
Susan Bates…how everything fits together to make one beautiful masterpiece full of an array of color and sound created with each of us in mind.
Emma Lou Savage…the AMAZING variety of flowers, birds, fish, and animals … just for US!
Darren Mudge…seeing God in His creation.
Heather Bassett Kidney…an ultrasound of a baby.
Chris Paetz…the beauty of His creation in the mountains!!!
Check this out from Bob Hostetler’s blog “Desperate Pastor“! Then read Hebrews 13:14, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
How often do we make a leader’s job joyful? ¬†Our culture is one of making trouble for authority. ¬†Everywhere you look people are encouraged to question authority. ¬†This idea is nowhere in scripture, yet most churches have an adversarial role between pastor and congregation (BTW, did you know that a flock of vultures is known as a “committee”…hmmm). ¬†Knowing how optimistic most pastors are when they start out I doubt that the problem is primarily with them.
When a congregation, or any individual, rebels against its pastor they are really rebelling against God. ¬†In his letter to the Roman church Paul says that there is no authority over us other than what God has put there. ¬†So, if you have a problem with the authority over you the first place to complain is to God, but only after you have also thanked God for His placing that hedge of protection over you.
Here, in Hebrews, Paul goes a step further under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. ¬†Don’t just begrudgingly submit, but make being a leader a joy.