Ben Reaoch | Category: Sunday Follow-Up
The sad irony of embracing God’s sovereignty is that we can become prideful in our “superior” understanding. How ironic! And how sad! The very doctrine that reveals our absolute dependence on God and should cause us to despair of any hope in ourselves . . . how tragic that something such as this could be hijacked in a sinful way to become a source of pride. My admonition to all those who see the beauty of God’s free grace in salvation is this: Romans 9 should make us humble.
As we are currently studying through Romans 9 in our church, I want us to have humble hearts to receive what God’s Word is teaching. And I want us to be humbled by what we learn. Let us not find ourselves speaking in condescending ways about those who interpret this passage differently than us. We can certainly defend what we see the text to be teaching. But I believe there are humble ways to do this. I am praying for that humility as I teach on this passage.
I fear that the doctrine of predestination can leave a bad taste in people’s mouths due to the arrogant way in which some people present it. Of course, the doctrine can be offensive to our self-centered, individualistic mindset. But let’s try hard not to be an unnecessary cause of offense. Let the text be offensive, if need be. But let’s not be offensive in our presentation of it.
We don’t want to be perceived as the “frozen chosen” or the “prideful predestinarians.” May we be a church that is humble and joyful in the knowledge of God’s free grace which He has bestowed on totally undeserving sinners like us!
The Valley of Vision prayer book contains a prayer for humility that would be a good model for us to follow.
O thou God of all grace, make me more thankful, more humble;
Inspire me with a deep sense of my unworthiness arising from the depravity of my nature, my omitted duties, my unimproved advantages, thy commands violated by me.
With all my calls to gratitude and joy may I remember that I have reason for sorrow and humiliation;
O give me repentance unto life;
Cement my oneness with my blessed Lord,
that faith may adhere to him more immovably,
that love may entwine itself round him more tightly,
that his spirit may pervade every fibre of my being.
Then send me out to make him known to my fellow-men.
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