I don’t understand much, but of this I am sure—he is with me, he is in me, and he is for me.I cannot tell myself that I am unable when he empowers me by grace. Here is the bottom line—I am comfortable with not knowing, because he knows and he is with me forever.
If you try to use your Bible as God’s encyclopedia, you will either conclude that it has little to say about some crucial issues of modern life or you will bend, twist, and stretch passages to suit your purposes.
Excellence is, in fact, a relationship. There is only One who is truly and perfectly excellent. He alone is the sum and definition of what excellence is and does. So the one who is excellence, in His grace, came to you when you were in a state of anything but excellence, and by grace offered you the promise of actually becoming a partaker of His divine nature. He then connects you to purposes and goals way higher, way grander and more glorious than you would every have sought for yourself… Your hope of ever being excellent in His eyes and doing what is excellent in His sight is found in your relationship to Him and in His grace that not only forgives and accepts but radically transforms. And He calls and empowers you to display His excellency and the excellency of His grace. It is only this excellency that has the power to free us from the false excellency of human pride and the mediocrity that results when we are okay with ourselves and our world just the way they are.
Paul David Tripp, “Mediocrity” taken from Dangerous Calling, Crossway Books, 2012, p. 142-143.
And so a good marriage is a good marriage because people in that marriage realize they are not the Messiah to one another. But they don’t panic, because they have been given an adequate and sufficient Messiah who invades marriage by his grace and gives us everything we need to be who we are supposed to be and to do what we are supposed to do in marriage.
You and I were created to love God. We were hardwired to live in an intimate relationship with the Creator that would shape every motive, every desire, every choice, every word, and every action. If at any moment you asked me what I was doing, I could say to you,
“Because I love my God.”
Why do you speak to your spouse the way you do? Because I love my God.
Why do you treat your children the way you do? Because I love my God.
Why do you spend your money the way you do? Because I love my God.
Why do you schedule your life the way you do? Because I love my God.