Friday, April 15, 2011

Purpose driven creation

In many circles, it seems like the good deeds prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10) are primarily for evangelic purposes. That we love our neighbors in order to win them over to the Kingdom. We care for the needy in order to redeem their souls.

This is contrasted with the actual reason we're called to do this, which is obedience, and actually participating in the Kingdom. It is the very purpose of the Gospel as it is pertains to living our lives as sojourners in this land. In fact, we were created specifically to do these works.

We aren't called to a new way of living as much as we're called back to our very purpose in being. Saved from our selfish sinful nature which has perverted our created purpose to serve one another.

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Amen. But somehow we've twisted it to our ultimate goal is to lead people in a salvation prayer.

This teaching of Christ's blew me away last night, as I am rediscovering things He actually said when the context we have fabricated around them is stripped away:

"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." John 3:21. Is salvation a one time event of our choosing, or is it done ("it is finished")...and those practicing truth with their neighbor is on the path to Light of Christ? (Hides in anticipation of the ensuing witch/universalist hunt)