A COPERNICAN SHIFT

In 1543, Copernicus challenged the prevailing view that Earth was the center of the solar system.  Instead, he believed and set out to prove that it was the Sun -- not the Earth -- that was the center. It was quite a jolt but one that eventually was accepted.

In the same way, man has -- and continues to want to -- be the center of it all. As much as I’d like to believe it, the world does not revolve around me.  When this reality takes hold, it can be quite a jolt to the ego, but none the less, a necessary one.

Max Lucado puts it this way: “Lesser orbs, that’s us. Appreciated, valued, loved dearly. But central? Essential? Pivotal? Nope. Contrary to the desire within us, the world does not revolve around us. Our comfort is not God’s priority. If it is, something’s gone awry. Could a Copernican shift be in order? Perhaps our place is not at the center of the universe. God does not exist to make a big deal about us. We exist to make a big deal about him.”

 

RADIANT

 

Think about the moon. In and of itself, it’s just a ball of great dust floating around in a circle.  But add in the sun, and the moon becomes radiant.  The moon never grumbles about it’s role.  So, what if we accepted our role as “Son” reflectors?  When we do this, life makes more sense.  The gift of pleasure and the purpose of problems are all for Him.

So how do we make the shift?  How do we move from “me” focused to “God” focused? It comes down to this: we must be pondering and promoting our great God.

 

PONDER AND PROMOTE

 

When we ponder God, we consider who he is. We stop focusing on lesser things, and start focusing on higher things. Our minds are caught up into the glory of God and His holiness. Then, things like loving our enemies, selling our possessions and giving to the poor, and using our gifts and talents for the Church start to make sense. Our vision gets a lot clearer instead of being blurred by self-centeredness.

The other thing necessary for a Copernican shift is to be promoting God. When His name is the name people hear and know first, and not ours, then we are promoting God; when we worship the name of Jesus and serve in the name of Jesus, we are promoting God; when we talk about Him with our neighbors and co-workers as the source of hope and life, we are promoting God.

Ultimately, we become more than just reflectors of God’s glory: we are transformed and made into is likeness. The blood of Christ washes and cleanses us of sin, and we put on His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord.”