by Peter Leithart
And we say: I’m a miserable sinner. I don’t deserve anything from God. I can barely lift up my head in His presence. I’ll pray, but I won’t get my hopes up. We use our sinfulness to justify our stoicism.
It’s almost as if we think poor God has over-committed, and we need to protect Him from His enthusiasm. Jesus was a bit rash, and we need to provide the qualifications that He left out.
God doesn’t need our loopholes. He doesn’t want our excuses. He has committed just as much as He wanted to commit, and He committed everything. We repent of our piety. We need to repent of our orthodoxy.
God is sovereign. Yes, absolutely. God does as He pleases. The Father does all He does for the delight of the Son in the Spirit, and the Son does all He does for the delight of the Father in the Spirit. God is so absolutely sovereign that He can freely, graciously commit Himself to us. He is sovereign, and He has sovereignly determined before the foundation of the world to be our God. He is sovereign and infinite, and He has put all His infinite resources to work for us. God is absolutely sovereign, but the only God that is is the God who has committed Himself to us by sending His Son to a cross. Does that sound like a God who’s worried about being over-committed? Does that sound like a God of the small print and the loopholes?
Joe and Rachel Tenney
Joe and Rachel live in Hampton, VA where they enjoy life together. They enjoy traveling together, as well as reading and writing as a couple. Most of all, they enjoy learning what it means to live the gospel in everyday life, especially in the context of their sweet church family at Hampton Roads Fellowship.