The Love of Glory

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Dear Disciples of Christ,

It has been a joy to walk this year’s Bible Bee journey with you!  With some, I’ve only traveled with you for a few weeks, while others have journeyed with me from the summer.  No matter how long, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know you and hearing how God has been working and moving in your life and heart.  Before we part ways, I have one final encouragement and exhortation for you.

As we approach the end of this year’s Bible Bee season, there is one final test that stands between you and that finish line.  I am not talking about the 200 question, multiple choice computer test nor the three passage oral round, but I’m speaking of the test God places before each of us at various points in our lives—a test of the heart.  And each of you will face this test while in San Antonio next week whether on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and the test is this:  what will your response be if you can’t recite any of the passages in the oral round, or what will it be if you had to guess on a lot of the questions within the online test, or what about after you make the single word mistake that disqualifies you in the semi-final round?  What will your heart response be if one or all of these things happen to you at the National Bible Bee?

In the verse quoted at the beginning of this letter, Jesus was speaking about Jews who believed that He was the promised Messiah, but would not stand behind Him and make a public confession of their faith.  Of these people Jesus said, “They loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.”  How tragic!  They knew and believed the truth, but when test day came, they were unwilling to live the truth!  But don’t start pointing your finger at them saying, “Foolish, foolish people!” because we can be just like them.  We’ve studied, memorized, and learned the truths of Scripture, however, when test day comes, we often times fail--utterly!  How often do we feel crushed after making a mistake during orals or onstage recitation at Bible Bee?  How often are we so disappointed that we didn’t make it into the top fifteen, five, or first place competitors?  How often are we depressed because we did not receive “enough” glory from man for our hard work and completely lose sight of God’s perspective?  This is so easy to do, especially at the National Bible Bee Competition.  However, God wants us to care about His measuring stick and the glory that He will give all those who faithfully serve Him.  And God’s rewards are not always given to us while we’re on planet earth, and the things that He rewards are most often the things no one else knows about.

So I ask you one final question and the one of most importance….whose glory do YOU love more, the glory that comes from man or the glory that comes from God?  And as you cross this year’s Bible Bee finish line, whose glory are YOU seeking?   Will you follow in the footsteps of the Jews who loved man’s perishable glory over God’s eternal glory?

Over the next few days leading up to Nationals, I exhort you to ponder and ask yourself these questions.    And if you realize that deep down you’re seeking glory from the wrong person, then adjust your heart, before it’s too late!  Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing you at the finish line in San Antonio, and know that I’ll be cheering you on!  But until then, for the sole glory of our worthy God, run all out, leave it all on the field, and trust that God knows all work that you’ve done for Him and will abundantly reward you!

Now comes the bittersweet moment, for we have reached the end of our journey together in chapters seven through twelve of the gospel of John.  However, I plan to resume and finish out this amazing gospel in January of 2016, and if you would like to join me, visit my blog listed below and we can continue what we have started, spurring one another on and building each other up in our most holy faith.  Also, I love hearing from you, so when you have a moment after Nationals, email me and tell me what God has been doing in your life and heart  and/or if you’d like specific prayer for something.  May you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and may you fall deeper in love with Him each and every day!

Joyfully in Christ,
Kristin

So I Fix My Eyes...

Editor's note:  Thank you, Kristin!  As tragic as it is to memorize God's Word for the glory of men, I am so often guilty of it.  Let us finish the race well, even if that race ends before we would like.  Whether we are at home or away, let us make it our aim to please Christ (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).  I cannot wait to see many of you in a few days!

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  1. This is a much, much needed reminder. Thank you *so* much, Kristin, for turning our eyes off of ourselves and receiving praise for our deeds--and on to Christ. I have so enjoyed reading your articles each week. May the Lord bless you, as you have blessed all of us.

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