DRIP | CUES FOR REFLECTION ON THE RECENT SERMON.
Have you ever listened to something and thought to yourself, "I really need to do something about this." But as soon as you walked out of the doors you forgot what you were intending to do? Trust me, I've been there. That's why I'm posting these little sermon "quick looks" called The Drip, in hopes that it may assist in your efforts to walk out your convictions.
Let's reflect and execute together.
Yesterday we learned about magnifying the Name of the Lord. But what does it mean to magnify God? Read how John Piper explains it.
“That word 'magnify' is tricky. Because microscopes magnify and telescopes magnify. And they do something very different. Magnify with a microscope and you make a very tiny little thing look bigger than it is. If you try to magnify God that way, you blaspheme. He’s not little. You can’t make God look bigger than He is. You try, you blaspheme. A telescope, on the other hand, is designed to make things that are enormous, but look little, look more like they are. That’s the way you’re supposed to magnify God. God created us to display His glory — to make it look more like it really is.…believer or unbeliever, that’s why you’re on the planet.”
Instead of magnifying God's name what do we often do?
We magnify our fears and in turn we make idols, a lot of them.
Here's how and why we make idols.
- We make idols in response to hurts we've experienced via the authority figures in our lives.
- We make idols based on circumstances we've experienced.
- We make idols to appease the appetite of our fleshly nature.
So, what's the plan?
Well, the plan is to magnify the name of the Lord and in doing so we can expect to be transformed. We're going to meditate on the truth that His name offers to us. And we are going to live as if that truth is real because it is.
Now for the discipline and the drills.
- This week, how can you make much of God and less of other things?
- This week, what images of God have you made that you know may not be an accurate representation of Him... reflect on them and renounce them.
- Finally, this week, how can you become a telescope for others to see that God really is good? List ways you can become a telescope and do it this week.
“The whole duty of the Christian can be summed up in this: feel, think, and act in a way that will make God look as great as he really is. Be a telescope for the world of the infinite starry wealth of the glory of God.”
- John Piper
these are drills,
the aim is to try them,
and see what happens afterwards.
Can't wait to hear the stories. See you soon.