From Chance or the Dance?
"There is, it would almost seem left over from our childhood, the invincible desire to locate experience and grasp it and savor it in the same way that we used to need to get hold of some new toy and handle it and get our teeth into it. This is pointless, we suspect--this carousel that spins us past things and never lets us get the ring. And the faculty in us that shouts at us above the wheezing of the calliope that something is there, and that it is as full of texture and flavor and knobbiness as we wish it were--this faculty is imagination."
The humbling but marvelous reality is that believers are secondary within the scope of God's eternal plan. The Father's primary concern is the honor of the Son whom He loves and desires to see glorified. That is why, in eternity past, He promised to redeem a segment of sinful humanity whom He would give to the Son to worship and exhalt Him forever.
The Son's primary concern, likewise, is the honor and glory of the Father. Because of His perfect love for the Father, He receives the Father's gift with infinite joy....gladly embracing every sinner whom the Father draws. Moreover, He considered the Father's gift so precious that He "emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a croass" (Phil.2:7-8). He did this that the eternal purposes of God might be fulfilled in Him (Eph. 2:11)...purposes that will finally culminate when He gives all things back to His Father at the end of the age (1 Cor. 15:25-28).
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