Yesterday, I began looking at something John Piper wrote back in 1996. I was describing my fascination with the Cosmo, and how I had longed to be an Astronomer (until I discovered I had to love math, as well. And, that I detested math as much as pickles. lol). Anyway, I was asking what it was we look for in a Church? What it would take to draw us into a deep, committed and devoted love for a church and the brothers and sisters we would fellowship with?
To go back to Piper. He mentioned in his article, two prominent observatories to illustrate the roles of The Church. His comparisons were quite interesting. The first was the 200-inch Hale telescope at the Palomar Observatory and the second was Kitt Peak National Observatory. Kitt Peak is located 50 miles southwest of Tucson and is one of the major astronomical observation centers that is used to study solar, planetary, stellar, galactic, and extragalactic systems. At Kitt Peak, you find 15 major telescopes including a 36-foot diameter radio telescope.
In Piper’s examples, he stated that our world needs a church (or many churches!) which does for God what the do for comets and stars. In other words, what is needed is a church — a people — which magnifies God like a telescope. Now that is an excellent idea! Remember yesterday I explained that a microscope allows us to examine small things (and to make them seem bigger), and a telescope allows us to examine things that extremely large! Using that concept, we need churches which cause others to stop thinking of God as being small, but to think about him and see him as great as he really is.
I am reminded of a book I love deeply, from J.B. Phillips: “Your God Is Too Small?” I’ll tell you what, that classic is over sixty-five-years-old, yet still challenges our conventional views on our God and encourages us to search for a meaningful redefinition of His power that we cab experience in our modern world. Phillips encourages us to redefine our understanding of our creator without any labels or earthly constraints and to discover a meaningful understanding of Him! If you haven’t read it yet, stop what you are doing and order a copy for yourself. You won’t be sorry!
But isn’t this what our faith is all about? Isn’t it our mission to spread a passion for the supremacy of God? Hey! Spreading a passion for the supremacy of God is what David was talking about in the last half of Psalm 40:16: “Let those who love your salvation continually say, “Yahweh be magnified!'” If you say continually, “The Lord be magnified,” or, “The Lord is great,” then aren’t you spreading a passion for the supremacy of God? I would say so!
The reason I continually pour out my heart in these messages — the reason I continually send them to you is because I would love for each of us to eliminate everything that would distract us from the love and devotion our Father so deserves! Like Martin Luther King, I have a dream! I dream that your faith would be thriving and growing just like a telescope for the greatness of God — a perspective that would make Him look as great as he really is, and help you to wake up to what he is really like! I think what we need is a theological astronomy in our lives! Where we can see into the vast glories of our God in Christ and magnify them for our families and church! Can I get an “Amen!”
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