Homage…..Homage is todays word given as a suggestion for the topic of a post. Homage is the ceremonial middle age deference to his Lord. It occurs to me that God is the ultimate Lord of the Universe to whom homage from me to him is due.The thing I am thinking about though is that my Higher Power has never asked me to offer homage and I think She/He does not want it.
I see two kinds of authority that operate in the life of a human being. The first is a power authority demanded by someone over whom he has power. to impact. There was a t/me in my life when I thought I was in a relationship with God dominated by God’s vast power over me.
However,the other kind is an authority freely given to another because of the trust you have in the other person. The authority I have given God is the kind given because He/She has shown me unlimited love and humility.
Over the past years I have better understood God’s unmeasurable humility. Nothing says that better than the reality of the incarnation. Jesus never asks anyone to pay him homage. That is inconceivable.
Romans says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
We are asked to give ourselves to God on the basis of his mercy. That is God is saying “Come and enjoy my eternal love. There is no homage asked here. It is instead an invitation to fellowship. We are not asked to come to God because of his power. That would be terrifying because I am so weak. I am are not drawn to god by his holiness because I am so unholy. That would be devastating because of the gap between His holiness and mine is so huge.
I am invited to god because god is so merciful. I come to God because he is so attractive and so appealing. Gods love is everlasting and complete. I can never change it in any way. It is not based on me at all. He loves me the same on my worse day as he loves me on my best day. I do not give god homage I freely give him myself.