It’s why the Church is so crippled, so impotent. It’s why 75% of Americans claim to be Christians, and yet our culture doesn’t reflect that influence.
I stayed home Sunday and listened to David Platt as he expounded on this truth in a way that forced me to examine my own motives.
” ‘God loves me’ is not the message of biblical Christianity.”
Wow. Interesting the cliches we adopt as theology. (Which is why I recently started #theologicallysoundmemes on my Generation Cedar Facebook page.) He admits that this truth is completely counter-culture. But how often we adopt the vision of the culture rather than that of God.
Look at the object of that sentence…”ME.” And “Me” is not the object of Christianity….not even close.
“God loves me so that His grace and His love and His glory and His majesty may be made known among the nations through me.”
It doesn’t end with ME. He didn’t just die for ME, but so that I could make his grace and forgiveness known in the world. That’s why salvation is only the beginning. After that, we are indebted to a Savior and all we do in life is supposed to exalt Him. Convicting anyone?
“So, God had an ulterior motive when He sent His Son to die? ‘Yes.’ ” Platt says.
So that through His redeemed, He would be glorified.
“How could any of us be so arrogant to think we are at the center of His universe? GOD is at the center of His universe.”
And so it’s not about what I want in life, really….a true disciple is sold out (“at once they left their nets and followed Him”), surrendered to the call of Christ on his life–a lump of clay, willing to be conformed to the shape of His Creator.
God help me…I am so self-centered.
“We can only have a God-centered mission when we have a God-centered God.“