Archive for January, 2009
For many years I believed that the way to really walk with God was to spend lots of time in solitude and silence and meditation and the more earnest I could be in those times, the more I would know God. But is that biblical?
This is how the disciples prayed in Acts 4:24-31. Rarely do I address God in this fashion. Praying this way reminds us that God is over all things. He alone is our authority, judge, king, savior, sustainer and father.
For the pious mind realizes that the punishment of the impious and wicked and the reward of life eternal for the righteous equally pertain to God’s glory. Besides, this mind restrains itself from sinning, not out of dread of punishment alone; but because it loves and reveres God as Father, it worships and adores Him as Lord. Even if there were no hell, it would still shudder at offending him alone.” (John Calvin The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1.2.2)
OK, I dont think Calvin is arguing for Christian Hedonism, but at least he points out two things I love to talk about; Gods glory and pleasure in God.
I often wrestle in practice, not in profession, with what truly is of first importance. When Paul dealt with this issue he asserted that the Gospel was of first importance (1 Corinthians 15:1-3).
Reading the Bible can be one of the most difficult things for us as Christians. What is meant to change and shape us often simply discourages us. We begin the year with a fresh passion to read through the Bible or be in the Word everyday and by March we are burnt out. Or, we read something early in the morning and forget it by noon! How can we get the most out of the Bible?
I am convinced that those who proclaim the Gospel are the ones who need it the most! A daily feeding on the Bread of Life through the Gospel is the only way to live. We must preach the Gospel to ourselves at all times. Only then will we be able to share it with others.
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Heather. Father to Cross and Rhyse. Owner of Baggins. Pastor of Metro East Baptist Church