Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The Call

Preach the Word! We're called
“to depict the beauty of Christ and his saving work with a heartfelt urgency of love that labours to help people find their satisfaction in him.”
Preaching the word to waken a taste for God in people. Setting the gospel of the glory of God in the face of Christ before people.
"We don’t work to persuade people that the gospel will meet all their felt needs, rather that they were made for the soul-satisfying glory of God in the gospel."
That is task I feel compelled to give my life to. To set the gospel before people that they may gaze upon Christ! That the Spirit of God may work in them to transform them.

That is a task I know I'm not up to in myself- to proclaim and portray the one who made all things, and for whom all things were made. To preach him, to preach the cross of Christ. The cross by which I can preach, by which the word of the cross can be recieved, by which sinful humanity (myself included) can come near to God.

That is what we are made for - to delight in the soul-satisfying glory of God, that God would be seen! The harvest is plentiful and God welcomes sinners with great joy. There is work to be done, not as slaves but as his sons! Let us rejoice in the God we have found and invite others!

Let us preach Christ that they would turn from sin.
Let us preach Christ that they would escape God's judgement.
Let us preach Christ that they would come to feast at his banquet.
Let us preach Christ that they would find pleasure forever in him!

Quotes from Piper, God's Passion for His Glory, with some thoughts from Luke chapters 9-19, 2 Corinthians 3v12-4v6. See also Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching.