It is a beautiful thought to me that Christianity is about more than just righteousness. We were made to be glorious in God – and this is the goal of our salvation. The bud of our new birth can begin to bloom into a flower of God’s glory, even in this life. When I look at the creation around me, I see a Creator who goes beyond what’s expected or needed – who gets joy out of creating. There is an unnecessary-ness about the varieties of flowers, the hugeness of space and the detail of the micro-sphere. We live in a universe that has an excessive quality about it. It is endlessly fresh.
One morning I looked up into a tree and saw six puffy baby finches lined up along a branch singing their tiny hearts out – the picture of merry innocence. And it just suddenly occurred to me that if I had created such cute little things, surely I would have been in an extremely good mood. Those birds weren’t just designed for practical purposes, they seemed like a passionate poem! There is such an over-the-top glory in God and His creation, a radiant glory that brings refreshment and inspires. God is not just perfect, He’s beautiful.
Have you ever thought:
God stopped creating new things for thousands of years after Eve and then suddenly, with our Lord’s conception in Mary and resurrection in the tomb, the Creator began creating again. He is still working today in us, creating fresh works of art, “new creations” that reflect at least as much genius and creativity as the finches and the flowers.
God doesn’t want you to be just clean and correct! He wants to write a poem into your life.
For sure, Christianity IS about righteousness (and suffering for righteousness sake). Righteousness is necessary, but that is exactly the difference – glory isn’t. Righteousness is stipulated, measured out in clear terms and required from all of us but glory is mysterious, surprising, bottomless and uniquely expressed in each individual. I believe that the Holy Spirit offers us so much more than righteousness – He gives us the opportunity to become a beautiful light in the world, a totally excessive and unnecessary glimpse of the glory of the coming kingdom.