Skip to comments.You Keep on Using That Word
Posted on 08/16/2019 12:49:07 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
If youve seen the classic 1987 movie The Princess Bride, you cant fail to remember the word inconceivable. The brainy Sicilian, Vizzini, overuses the word as he, Fezzik, and Inigo Montoya, stealing away with Princess Buttercup, find themselves pursued by a mysterious Man in Black. Time and again, the Man in Black overcomes obstacles to close the distance, and each time Vizzini exclaims to himself, Inconceivable! Eventually, Inigo Montoya objects in his heavy accent: You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I worry that the same could be said of the present generation of Christians who use three altogether different wordsto glorify God. To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever, answers the child, the class, or the congregation, reciting the answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. This ministry exists to glorify God, writes a group of founders crafting their mission statement. I just wanted to glorify God, explains an individual when asked about a milestone achievement. In a myriad of ways, we keep on using these words, but do we know what they mean? And if we settle into the habit of employing these words without understanding them, are we reducing them to an empty catchphrase that fails to penetrate our deepest drives and desires?
According to James Montgomery Boice, Few words in the distinct biblical vocabulary are less understood than the word glory. Lets look at six ways God is glorified (the sixth may surprise you) so that we can not only understand what to glorify God means but set our hearts on glorifying Him
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Vizzini: You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha, you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia,” but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line
Love that movie!
To glorify God is the right answer to the question.
Today’s Christians, though, tell God how they are going to go about it, without consulting Him first if He might be pleased with the effort.
Today’s “Praise Choruses” are all about the unHoly “trinity” of “me, myself, and I”.
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