Grace is one of those wonderful words that Christians embrace, use, and rejoice to know. But do we really know what grace is? Do we know what grace is for? How it operates? How to receive it, and what use to make of it?
Everyone has a worldview, and Christians especially should work hard to develop their worldview, keeping Jesus at the center and as the strength and goal of everything we do. We need to see Jesus and how the Christian worldview develops around Him, beginning in our thinking where Jesus did, with the Law of God.
The great tsunami of a few years back was one of the greatest ever recorded, even though it probably didn’t affect you at all.
And our salvation is great – so great that, as the Psalmist explained, “My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits (Ps. 71.15). So deep, so vast, so profound, so allencompassing, so all-transforming and all-renewing, so powerful, so glorious and joyous and fruitful and inspiring and world-uprighting is our great salvation, that we can never get to the bottom of its grandeur, comprehend the scope of its greatness, or exhaust the vastness of its power.
Christians cannot escape the responsibility for exercising sound judgment in every area of life. God intends to bring His shalom to the world through our judgments, so we need to make sure our judgments are in line with His.
In the Christian community, sometimes we give the impression that only the people with big responsibilities matter. They’re the ones that get things done, the ones everyone listens to and wants to learn from, the folks we look to for leadership in our churches and Christian organizations. We need leaders, and sometimes leaders play really important roles in the Kingdom. But more than that, we need energetic, everyday believers, men and women who understand that Kingdom progress is incremental and gradual, that it comes as we lay hold on the little things of life and make them something glorious.
Here are two subjects that, at first glance, seem to have nothing to do with one another. Closer consideration, however, reveals that they are inextricably linked. Worship is about God – honoring Him, committing to Him, and serving Him in all aspects of life. Public policy is about life and the rules by which people live. God is Ruler of all things, and thus public policy is only valid to the extent that it lines up with God’s good and perfect rule.
Sin is the great tragedy afflicting the world. Its effects are universal, corrupting, and deadly. Sin is a slippery slope which, left unchecked, can bring ruin and destruction everywhere it reaches. This is no time for being silent about sin, either in our own lives or our churches.
If we do not know God, we cannot know goodness.
- God Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 1
- Creation Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 2
- Culture and Goodness: The Goodness of God, Part 3
- The Law Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 4
- The Goodness of Jesus: The Goodness of God, Part 5
- The Spirit Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 6
- The Goodness of Heaven: The Goodness of God, Part 7
- The Goodness of God's People: The Goodness of God, Part 8
- Waiting for God's Goodness: The Goodness of God, Part 9