The Chair and the Desk, 12/10/15

From the chair:

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

-John 6:66-69

Yes, all of us in the Church do many foolish things. Sometimes we get embarrassed of one another. Sometimes we feel as if we’d be better off alone.

Yet, this is Christ’s body. This is the group of people born again by Christ’s Spirit. This is the community waiting for Christ’s return. To whom shall we go? Jesus Christ has the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that he is the Holy One of God.


From the desk:

“This is what the church as amateur theater lovingly practices: Jesus Christ, the love of God. What the church loves doing is commemorating, celebrating, and communicating Christ. It is God’s love that impels the drama long, and our love for God that compels our participation in it.” 

-Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine, p.406

Is it love that compels our participation in God’s drama? I can be. God’s love is held out to us, the love that fosters our love for him.


“The chair” is the one Annie aptly chose for the corner of our living room, and it’s where I am committed to daily hearing from God’s Word–the Word I above all else hope to speak to others. “The desk” is the one by my coffee grounds and spare charger (if I get to the library early enough); it’s where I have the privilege of reading and thinking all day, where I intend to learn for others’ sake.

 

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