If you just had a few moments to call out a warning to people you love, what would you say and how would you say it? What would you be willing to risk? If you knew that the warning would be scoffed at and ignored, would you still give it? I ask you to consider these questions and more in a series called, “The Three.”
In the last letter of the Bible, there’s a lot of symbolism; a story being told with vivid imagery. In that letter we find an urgent message in Revelation 14:6-11.
As we consider the loud cry of the first angel, we hear the invitation: Give glory to God.
If you hang around Christians long enough you are going to hear the word glory more than a few times. One of the problems that comes when we use a word a lot is, it kind of loses it’s meaning and power.
A pastor friend of mine tells of a time when he was standing at the front door of the sanctuary and he could see a family driving up to the building. The parents were obviously upset with the kids and each other; he could see them shouting at each other. Then they parked and got out of the car, doors slamming, walked into the building muttering their irritation and impatience at each other. When the pastor met them he asked, “How are you this morning?” The father replied, “Wonderful, pastor, wonderful, all glory to God.”
Is that what the loud shout is calling people to do – simply add the phrase “Glory to God” into sentences? Is there something more? What difference does it make?
Artist Chris Medina wrote a song his fiancé who was terribly injured before they were married. The song, “What are Words” is about living the words we speak. The chorus goes:
“What are words
If you really don’t mean them
When you say them?
What are words
If they’re only for good times
Then they don’t?
When it’s love
Yeah, you say them out loud
Those words, They never go away
They live on, even when we’re gone.”
Would you like to discover what it really means to give God glory?