Christians have a bum rap. Whether or not this title is earned, many people look to Christians for examples of ultimate hypocrisy (oh, how little has changed in thousands of years!) instead of examples of ultimate servants. I was reading this article over at the Desiring God blog and I really believe it's a message we need to allow to take root in our hearts.
I'll admit, Christians can be so stubborn and fearful about theology that we miss the point in living out what theology tells us. In our absence, others step in and try a hand at serving, loving, and giving without the power of redemption at the center. Their efforts, no matter how amazing, simply cannot take the place of life-altering redemption and a secure eternity.
The world is groaning (Romans 8:22) for redemption and (NEWSFLASH) Christians aren't the only ones feeling the pains of childbirth. The human race, along with creation, is desperate to right the wrong condition of things.
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV)
If the God of the universe is making all grace abound to me, so that I may abound in every good work, I think it is important to seek out the work. Think of it - God is sufficient in all things and at all times and it is HE who makes me able to abound in every good work.
I believe God is calling us to Himself... calling us to obey... and calling us to live in the delight that will come as a result of our committed hearts (Ecclesiastes 5:20 and 2 Chronicles 16:9) working in day-to-day acts of service.
I want to live BELIEVING so strongly in God's story of redemption that I wake up LOOKING for ways to abound in every good work. It's not charity or public policy or brownie points... it's simply life lived in the bounty of His grace to the glory of His name!
Here is the article from the Desiring God Blog, written by Matt Perman as he prepared to speak at the upcoming conference: Christians Are to Be Proactive in Doing Good.
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