Thursday, January 12, 2012

Altering the Real

"Progress should mean that we are always 
changing the world to suit the vision.
It DOES mean that we are always changing the vision.
We are not altering the real to suit the ideal.
We are altering the ideal.  It is easier...
It does not matter how often 
humanity fails to imitate the ideal,
for then all its failures are fruitful.
But it does frightfully matter 
how often humanity changes its ideal;
for then all old failures are fruitless." 
GK Chesterton

It is so critical today that we know the "ideal,"
those truths laid out in the Word of God. 
“All have sinned--missed the mark--
and come short of the glory of God." (Rom 3)
The implication here is that God has a mark, or a standard.
We all miss it. He doesn't change it.
We don't define the standard,
however popular that practice is today.
Every time we "miss the mark," our only option 
is to get back up and "change the real."
Every time that we recognize where we miss it--
every time we humble ourselves through repentance and surrender--
we get closer to "reaching our ideal,"
which is the glory of God.
We trust in His power and love, 
and we move closer to the mark. 
Our relentless pursuit is Him! 
To become more like Him, 
that His Kingdom comes on earth as it is in Heaven.

In this hour, may we be firmly rooted in truth, 
standing in His power, His love, His mercy and His grace.
May we never change the standard to suit our reality.
The Lord must have a people jealous for Him to have His way.
The glory of God is the only mark.
And it is "frightfully" important today 
that this be our standard.


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