Monday, July 19, 2010
What's the good?
There's a lot going on in these verses and I'm well aware that I didn't cover everything in the sermon, for this blog I just want to hilight one thing and share the main idea. That way, you can fill in the blanks from the last blog entry.
Paul says in verse 28: "all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose." We miss the point if we think this verse is just about our good. Its not about our good is it? Its about the good. So what's the good? I believe his purpose is the good. Then the question is what's his purpose? Paul tells us that people who have embraced Christ are chosen (he uses predestined) "to conform to the likeness of his son" in the very next verse. There's his purpose. His purpose for us is to "conform to the likeness (or image) of Christ."
-to love with the same compassion that that Christ loved with,
-to invite people into the kingdom with the same kind of boldness that Christ invited with,
-to forgive with the same kind of willingness that Christ served with,
-to speak truth with the same kind of conviction that Christ spoke with,
May you strive to conform to His image and in doing so find a life of purpose, fulfillment and joy.