Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
(The following is taken from chapter 1 of John Piper‘s new book ‘A Peculiar Glory’.
Our objective these next couple of days will be for us to better understand ‘where’ we stand in relationship to the Bible.)
The Bible Is More Like a Letter Than an Equation
Likening the Bible to a mathematical equation is not strikingly profound. You can live your whole life with relative happiness, and then die, without regretting that you never knew a single one of those equations. Even though they describe how you walk and breathe and fly, knowing the particular formula doesn’t matter.
The Bible isn’t like that. And the main reason is that the bible is more like a letter from the creator of the universe than it is a record of the laws of nature. The record of natural laws is impersonal but a letter from the creator is personal. The main difference between a personal letter and a textbook on physics is that the letter is designed to connect you to the heart and mind of the writer, and the textbook is not. This is the great divide on how we approach the Bible. Does it express the heart and mind of a divine person, or is it merely a record of human religious experience?
This is one of the biggest questions about where we stand: Do we stand consciously in a personal universe or an impersonal one? Do I stand in thewareness that the main thing about the universe is that I am a person created by a Person? Do I live in a universe created by a Person who has purposes and plans for me and for the universe? Or do I stand in an impersonal universe? Does the world have no personal creator or governor? Do I stand as the product only of impersonal material forces?
Cover to cover, the bible describes the world as personal. A personal God created the world. He crated human beings in his own image to manage the world as his stewards.
Genesis 1:27-28 God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.’
The least this means is that we are personal the way God is. We are personal in a way that the animals are not. In our personhood, the Bible says, we are meant to image forth the kind of person God is. That is what images are for. Only these images are living persons, not statues. Fill the earth with God-imaging persons—according to the bible, that is human destiny.
Psalm 72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
(Tomorrow we will look at more of chapter 1… How Will the Creator Communicate?)
Father…I thank you that the letter your wrote us reveals your glory to us and through us. Help us to more clearly see that You created us to reveal your glory…to be a part of ‘filling’ the earth with your glory. Amen
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