Sometimes I look up and I realize I have absolutely internalized my walk with the Lord. It’s about me, my feelings, my good. Of course, adding in there giving glory to the Lord, walking in community, encouraging those around me, working in ministry, living in South Dallas….etc. etc. The missing piece I often find is that all of this doesn’t mobilize me or those around me. What it does is puff me up with knowledge. This breaks my heart and I pray God would move me to repentance. I just read this….may it set well in your soul.
From Radical by David Platt:
“If you were to ask the average Christian sitting in a worship service on Sunday morning to summarize the message of Christianity, you would most likely hear something along the lines of ‘God loves me.’ Or someone might say, ‘The message of Christianity is that God loves me enough to send his Son, Jesus, to die for me’. As wonderful as this sentiment sounds, is it biblical? Isn’t it incomplete, based on what we have seen in the Bible? ‘God loves me’ is not the essence of biblical Christianity. Because if ‘God loves me’ is the message of Christianity, then who is the object of Christianity? Me. Therefore, when I look for a church, I look for the music that best fits me and the programs that best cater to me and my family. When I make plans for my life and career, it is about what works best for me and my family. When I consider the house I live in, the car I will drive, the clothes I will wear, the way I will live, I will choose according to what is best for me. This is the version of Christianity that largely prevails in our culture…
The message of Biblical Christianity is “God loves me so that I might make him – his ways, his salvation, his glory, and his greatness – known among all nations. Now God is the object of faith, and Christianity centers around him. We are not the end of the gospel; God is.”