Shifting Sand

The cultural ground is shifting beneath us, leading folks to question how to make a stand, or simply keep from falling. In the throes of societal change, we are in constant danger of re-creating God according to our own image. A milquetoast deity fits the bill. When it comes to how God looks at us, we want Mister Rogers, not William Wallace (Braveheart); soft when it comes to our shortcomings, understanding when it comes to our errors, and tender when it comes to failure. The last thing we want is a standard bearer, a strong and demanding Warrior Captain, a relentless Coach that will not settle for anything less than that for which we were created. We may be hard on ourselves, but God should take it easy on us.
There’s only one problem with this whole business–the Omnipotent One refuses to fit into molds of our own making. Our God is a God of grace, but his mercy is always in juxtaposition to relentless expectation. Remove the word “settle” from your Christian vocabulary–God grants unending grace, but never settles for anything less than his plan for our lives.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10, KJV)

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