In all relationships and conversation, one must be careful of the diction and connotation of words used. This is especially true as we ask our congregations and teammates to “follow us as we follow Christ”. We need to make sure that our words are conveying gospel-centered truths. Let’s pose the question: Do we ask our disciples to focus on their “interiority” or their “spirituality”? When I think of cultural spirituality, I think this truncates our being into the “Christian” things we do. That is why I do not like the question, “How are you doing spiritually?” because that makes it sound like spiritual things is one separate part of your life. How are you doing socially? Economically? Financially? Spiritually? It is just a part of the bigger picture. I do not think that is the way it should be. Our relationship with Christ is not just another thing on our list of things we do-but He is the paper on which all things are written upon. How I am doing with Christ effects each and every part of life. It changes how I interact with my family, how I vote, how I spend my money, and how I spend my time. I think a better aspect of life to focus on is a person’s “interiority”. The quality of their life, their character, their inmost thoughts, feelings, and actions are a much better reflection of their present state then the vague question of how they are doing with spiritual things. As if not every thing in life is a spiritual thing! I’ve heard it said, and strongly agree, that “95% of God’s will for your life has to do with your character”.
The doctrine of transcendence keeps our ministry humble and diligent. Humble because we are serving a God who is above and distinct from all of His creation and the only thing worth boasting in is His work, not ours. Diligent because He is the ultimate authority, and to lay our lives down to minister and serve him is the greatest honor. There is no higher calling, and He deserves for us to work with all our might. In “The King’s Cross” Tim Keller makes an excellent argument explaining how all work apart from Christ is selfish. When we are doing “good work” in any other name, but the matchless name of Jesus it is in vain and only to fulfill our own inner desires.
“We think we are in control. We believe we can solve every problem. We imagine we have the answers.” But we don’t. So much of this world is a mystery. We can’t control weather. We can’t solve world hunger, we don’t know how bumble bees fly (maybe that’s just me). But as believers we trust that God has revealed to us everything we need, and has specifically chosen not to reveal things that we don’t need. This is important to cling to. We must trust the sovereignty of God. We must know that He is not shaken by questioned hurled by scientists not today, nor ever. Our dependence on him is a non-negotiable; His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. and as I have been told time and time again, if we could truly understand Him, He wouldn’t be God.