Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Correcting a Misunderstanding

The following post is a correction of a previous error and half summary of notes taken during David Platts' sermon last night.

It appears I argued a very flawed position over dinner this past Summer.

The safest place to be is NOT in God's will. The writer of Hebrews 11:35-37 is speaking of people who were all following after God's will when this happened, "Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated--[men and women] of whom the world was not worthy..."

Being in God's will may very well require suffering or even martyrdom; it is not a safe place to be. I am sorry if this is of little comfort. I don't have a good counter balance point, hopefully after a few more of Platts' thoughts you will still know that the mission is important enough even without the guarantee of safety.

Platt spoke from Luke 9:57-62. Jesus taught: hate your family, leave your possessions, pick up your cross (instrument of torture and death) and follow Me. This is a lot different than the modern SBC method of "come, accept, commit and pray a superstitious prayer." Teaching like Jesus is not the way to get onto a modern day "church growth list." However, the exclusivity of Christ is exceedingly clear in Scripture. He is the one who absorbed the wrath of God on our behalf. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone that we can ever stand in the presence of a holy God.

If we truly believe in the exclusivity of Christ then how is it that 1.4 billion people have never even heard His name? 1.4 BILLION!!!! And the number one question people in American churches are asking is, "What is God's will for my life?" God's heart is for all people of all nations. If we say that we are only called to our own city or state then we are only concerned for a minimal percentage of God's grand mission.

In Luke and Hebrews God scares off the half committed followers. Hebrews clearly shows that God allows suffering, torture, and even martyrdom to come to so many of those who do go and serve.

But what if the Savior was to call and I said, "no" and then He uses someone else?

God allows us in His mission not because He needs us but because He loves us. It is a privilege. Christ will receive the worship that is rightly His. Revelation 5 is clear that He will be worshiped by ALL. For true believers our only question during our limited time here on earth is, are we going to be a part of Gods grand mission or are we going to say "no" and let Him use someone else?

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