2005-03-14 - La, la, la, la, la
Psalm 36:9, "For with Thee is the fountian of life; In Thy light, we see light."
Not your typical topic line, but there is a song on the radio where the, as it were, chorus starts out la, la, la, la, la. I don't know if it is on the regular radio, because I listen to XM satellite radio in my car, but it makes an interesting point. I think this is how many go through life -- la, la, la, la, la. What I mean by this is a mentality that just floats though life as if nothing mattered. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and nothing really matters. Well, things do matter.
Things matter, because how we handle things does affect our standing before God. Don't get me wrong, I'm not "preaching" a works righteousness here. The grace of God is in Christ alone, and it is given to us. (For you budding theologians, this means the grace of God is imputed to us.) But how we live matters, and we can't stroll through life as if things didn't matter. I am not sure I understand it all, but life is not just a toss of the coin, where it might be heads or tails. Proverbs is a great book in Scripture on this topic.
As you know, I have been teaching this theology course at my school. I have 10 students, and on Sunday, I invited them to come to church with me for extra credit. I had seven come, and the pastor knew they were coming. He preached Christ. The gospel was preached, and they heard it. I would define them as those I put under the title of "going through life like they were floating on a cloud." I am glad they came. But we can't live life like there is not a God to reckon with for our past sins. There is!!! We need to remember this as we travel through life. La, la, la, la, la is no way to go through life.
Again, know that forgiveness is found in Christ. If you are going through life with the mindset that all is well because I'm not that bad of a person, well, turn to Christ, that is where things become, "all is well."
I know also that there are many out there who do rest in Christ, who are going through life as if it were a wind, blowing them here and there, with no real grounding. Again, I plead with you to rest in Christ again. It is a funny thing about the gospel of salvation. Do you know who the gospel is for? It is for all those who might turn to Christ, AND, also for all those who have turned to Christ in repentance and faith. We need to remind ourselves of how Christ has forgiven us for our past. Even those who profess faith in the forgiveness offered in Jesus Christ need to remember that they have been saved from eternal separation from the Creator of the world. This is a life-changing thought, and that is what the gospel of salvation does: it changes lives. It changes them from la, la, la, la, la, to lives of meaning and significance.
Soli Deo Gloria,