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Sin has broken what God made to be whole and blessed. In chapter 10 we saw that God blessed the rebellious world with fruitfulness. But that means we have a bunch of uncivilized pagans. Is that a good thing? God's work is not to civilize pagans, but to bless those pagans in finding Him.
In this passage of Luke, we are reminded that tomorrow is never promised to us, and that we should be living our lives accordingly. Christ commands us to be ready stewards, demonstrating our wise obedience to Him and His work for us on this earth. He never promises that this obedience will be easy for us, rather, it may cost us a great many sacrifices in this life.
God's warnings are one of the merciful ways he keeps us walking in the faith, and in Psalm 50 his warning reminds us that we can look a lot like a Chrisitian on Sundays and even be convinced that we are one, but the way we live our life the rest of the week will reveal the true condition of our heart.
Because of Israel's great disobedience and rebellion God falls silent for the first time in human history, but he is not absent. This week we journey through the four hundred years spanning the time between the old and new testaments when a silent God was still hard at work.
We are in the middle of the series “EPIC: Live a Better Story." For most of us, though, life feels like something much less than epic. But that was never the intention… and our spirit knows it. We were designed to play a larger role in a greater story than the one we often end up living. G.K Chesterton said, “I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story there is a story-teller.” There is an EPIC story being told... and you have an important role to play. Fortunately, you’re in the right place to find true answers. Don’t give up, though! Your journey is just beginning…
As Americans, we are an independent and even rebellious people. Our country came to being out of a rebellion. But does this independent spirit work against how God wants us to live? That's Peter's next point in this letter. How can a Christian live under "bad" leadership?
Godliness is an unexpected virtue on Peter's list (2 Peter 1:5-7). Tucked between perseverance and kindness, the virtue of godliness begs Christ-followers to prioritize God. Employing a term more common to Greek philosophy than Christian ethics (only 22x in NT, mostly in pastoral epistles), godliness describes rebelling against worldly systems and engaging God personally and powerfully. Historically, the church has found godliness in spiritual disciplines. When these disciplines become second nature, then a godliness becomes a matter of disposition. Of course, any progress in godliness begins with the saving work of Jesus and flows from a heart that desires God.
In Psalm 2, we see that our natural desire is to rebel against God. But God has placed Jesus as King over us, and we're called to surrender and take refuge in Him.