Friday, January 13, 2012

How Does the Bible Apply to My Life?

I have heard several Christians lament that the Bible doesn't answer more questions about how to make individual or mundane decisions more clearly. Honestly, I believe this is a strength of living under grace, for it allows each to be convinced in his own mind (Romans 14:5).

In D.A. Carson's Call to Spiritual Reformation, he gives good council on how living a life of faith practically works itself out from the doctrines of Christianity.

    If we are to join Paul in his petition, we will have to align ourselves with his motives: "And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way." In thought, word, and deed, in action and in reaction, I must be asking myself, "What would Jesus have me do? What is speech or conduct worthy of him? What sort of speech or conduct in this context should I avoid, simply because it would shame him? What would please him the most?"
    Rightly pursued, these simple questions would transform how we work, what we do with leisure time, how we talk with our spouses and children, what responsibilities we take on in our churches, what we read, what we watch on television, how we treat our neighbors, what we do with our money.
    Transparently, we cannot begin to be utterly pleasing to Jesus unless God fills us with the knowledge of his will. Conversely, the knowledge of his will is not an end in itself but has as its goal such Christian maturity that our deepest desire is to please the Lord Christ.
D. A. Carson. Call to Spiritual Reformation, A: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers (p. 106). Kindle Edition. 

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