I used to think that being spiritual meant seeing myself and my context as small and insignificant and only thinking of God as big. I believed that kind of thinking would bring Him the most joy and glory. If I was tiny, then surely His hugeness, His power, His majesty would be even more impressive? Surely that was what He wanted?
I’m smiling as I type these words because they don’t reflect what I believe now at all! It’s almost embarrassing to put them out there in black and white. Now I see that my belief system was rooted in two completely foolish ideas. Firstly, that God’s glory is somehow relative to mine—almost on a balancing scale—where if I have more glory, then He will have less, as if there is a finite amount of glory to go around and as if He is on the same set of scales as me in the first place. Secondly, I had this view of God based on a misunderstanding of the verses stating He is ‘jealous for His glory.’
As if He’s somehow stockpiling all the glory due Him, hoarding it in the Trinity, because that’s where it belongs.
It’s only been in recent years that I’ve started to question this belief system as I’ve studied more scripture and as I’ve encountered a God who isn’t at all like the One I’ve described above. In contrast, the God I’ve met is a God who IS due all the glory but isn’t interested in hoarding any of it. Instead, He invites His sons and daughters to experience it with Him. I’ve come to know a God who willingly places His own glory onto His children (John 17:22) and gives freely of all that He has. What else does Romans 8:17 mean when we are declared co-heirs with Christ?
So, something’s shifted in my thinking—a renewing of mind I think!—where I am coming to see that, by trying to think small and ‘humble’, all I do is diminish what God has made me for and forgo some of the destiny that He had in mind when He made me. Paradoxical to my earlier beliefs, thinking small in no way makes more of God but, rather, only serves to hide the light that He ignited in me in the first place. If children are a reflection of their parents, then living small should not be the aim of my spirituality. Wouldn’t living a big, impossible, wild, full-of-risk, lavish, over-the-top-in-love life be a better goal?
I’m done with thinking small and manageable.
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