Jesus’ Parable of the Weeds in the Field gives us wisdom and grounding as we begin to engage the problem of evil (theodicy).
“You wicked, lazy servant” is the startling conclusion to Jesus’ last Parable. This is what the returning Master has to say to the servant who played it safe, took no risks and buried his talent. This parable has much to teach us about the urgency of getting to work“.
The work itself, matters to God. Stop closing off this area of your life from God. Soli Deo Gloria means that everything we do – everything! – is to be done to the glory of God (Col. 3:23,24). There are no ‘higher callings’; grace changes everything!
At the heart of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago was the recovery of the Scriptures as the only basis for what we believe and how we live. Am I, like Martin Luther, bound by Holy Scripture? Is my heart captive to the Word of God?
There is only one mediator between God and men; only one Savior of the world; only one Lord to whom all peoples owe their allegiance. Christ Alone. But He is ALSO to be our one delight, our greatest joy, our only treasure and our strength alone.
The first two ‘solas’ at the heart of the Reformation are found in the doctrine of justification by GRACE alone through FAITH alone. (Its the 500th anniversary of that Reformation this month.)
The Fear of the Lord leads us out of our preoccupation with ourselves.
Mary’s example of submission in Luke One is one of the finest examples of humility in the New Testament.
The devastating humility of the mind of Christ in Phil.2:5-9 is the life God exalted to the highest place … and now longs to give to us!