In the World, But Not of It
In light of finishing a stirring work of theology by A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God; the final chapter sparked a serious conviction personally. Here’s an excerpt from the book:
Our trouble springs from the fact that we who follow Christ inhabit at once two worlds, the spiritual and the natural. As children of Adam, we live our lives on earth subject to the limitations of the flesh and the weaknesses and ills to which human nature is heir. Merely to live among men requires of us years of hard toil and much care and attention to the things of this world. In sharp contrast to this is our life in the Spirit. There we enjoy another and higher kind of life; we are children of God; we possess heavenly status and enjoy intimate fellowship with Christ.
Tozer goes on to say that we tend to divide or separate our lives into these two categories; sacred and secular. We go to church, read our bibles, listen to worship music, and do all the things necessary to keep our spiritual selves in tact, and then we shelve our convictions in the duration of the doldrum that is our secular life. With the exception of a dedicated minister, most of us would realize that we spend a vast majority of time invested in this category, as opposed to our spiritual activities.
The intention of God writing himself into the story by coming down to earth as Jesus Christ, was not so we could live a life separated from flesh and spirit, but so we could live lives completely pursuing Him; even in the process of the ordinary tasks. Paul wrote in his letter to the Christian population of the Romans that we “do all to the glory of God”. Every single thing we do, we do to the glory of God. Think about it. You’re driving to work, you drive for the glory of God. You’re paying your bills, you pay them for the glory of God. You eat dinner with your family; you do this for the glory of God.
When we gain this perspective, we gain life. These tasks then become much less ordinary, but become another act of spiritual worship. If we allow ourselves to be in line with the Holy Spirit, our life becomes significantly less dull, and becomes much more extraordinary.
So I pray that God gives you this ideal, so we can live much fuller lives, enriched by the Spirit.
Work, Work, Work…good!
On my way to work I listened to my favorite earthly pastor and teacher Timothy Keller about faith and work perspective. Now, this isn’t new to me. I’ve heard numerous preaching over the last couple years relating work and faith, but the way Keller delves into the scripture, and expands on the historicity of the biblical times to give the sermons a better foundation is great. I really needed to hear that sermon on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, in which he states (in very similar literary dialogue as to his letter to the Colossians):
“Whatever you do, work heartily, for the Lord and not for men…You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Keller concludes the sermon by stating those who are overworked, it’ll give you an entirely different outlook on your work to become less stressed. And those who under-work will then work more diligently since they’re working for a much more significant purpose. Great stuff. I highly recommend you download the sermon via podcast from iTunes.
Simplicity of the Gospel
“For God so loved the World, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
There is no need to complicate this, really. Over the years, I’ve read numerous theological texts expanding the truth of the Gospel with so much indoctrinated detail that my eyes became sore, and my brain risked of hemorrhaging. Being the theological nerd that I am, I’ll truly never complain, of course, but when reading over the most famous verse in the Scriptures, it all becomes arguably obsolete. This one statement sets the tone for the rest of the book of John, and also is the go-to verse for all evangelist Christians when witnessing to non-believers. There is a reason for that. It’s simple, it’s bold, and yet it’s so deeply profound that it’s beyond further explanation.
We can’t try to convolute this simple truth. God loves us. Why? Because He sent His son. And? So if you believe, you will have eternal life in the kingdom of God. We must not get away from the simplicity of the Gospel, especially in the case of making disciples. This simple truth contains the power to transform a life! God loves us so much, and until we grasp the words packed into this wonderfully transcendent verse, we will never change. When you allow your heart to honestly believe this truth, you will never be the same. That’s the simplicity of the Gospel.
God loves you.
He sent His son to die for you, so you may live eternally if you believe.
“If you’re excited to read to read this book, then you have issues.”
The first sentence of Franis Chan’s book “Erasing Hell” made my heart sink. Why? Well, because I am excited to read this book. I mean, what’s wrong with that? I love Chan’s work. His book “Crazy Love” is one of my favorite pieces on complete devotion to the mission of Christ in our lives.
I’m still excited to read this book. I think it’s for good reason. I always want to learn more…always. The doctrine of hell is something that needs to be learned about. I’ve always struggled with it and I’m excited about attaining more knowledge. I know, I’m a theological nerd.
Love you guys,
First look: Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Very, very surprisingly good. Adam Young has insurmountably matured as a songwriter, and this is his best effort to date, by far. Look for the review up soon on www.reviewrinserepeat.com.
A Rare Moment in Relaxation
Most would find a day in which nothing is accomplished a “waste”. However, I find joy in the lame. Sad. Regardless, the wedding is in 27 days, and this is the first Saturday in quite some time that I’m not obligated to take care of something. So, no waste for me. Just relaxation and peace of mind. These moments are gold in my busy life, so I will soak in its splendor.