If the Scriptures are the lens through which we understand reality, we should be struck by how consistently God shapes his people through proclaiming to them their limitations. From the Garden to the Wilderness to the Great Commission, God forms his people by declaring their finitude.
Suppose in your old life you had this sinful habit you didn’t like. But, time and time again, you’d fall into it, then feel bad about it, then beat yourself up, and then get better for a while, only to fall back into it again. Then, you become a Christian. But you still struggle with that habit.
Our culture may be post-Christian, but that’s no reason for us to flinch. Instead, it’s time for us to put our mouthpiece in, bite down, and be gentle aggressors. After all, didn’t Jesus live as a gentle aggressor for you?
Our job is to continue Jesus’ work of renewing creation from “dog-eat-dog” to “doggy-dog.” We do this by living as the coming attraction of the kingdom of God. And we do this by working as instruments of this kingdom’s advancement on earth.
The Apostle Paul taught in Romans that everybody—religious or irreligious, moral or immoral—is driven by worship. To worship something is to attach ultimate value to it, to determine you have to have it to be happy. Romans 6:16 says, “Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey?” (CSB)
When we thumb through the pages of Scripture, we are welcomed into the theater of God’s glory. He comforts the discouraged, calms the anxious, teaches the confused, and offers purifying grace to sinners.