It is biblical to say that Christians are called to follow Jesus and live the Christian life with diligence.  I appreciate how Dutch theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel (d. 1711) explained this: “God has granted man a soul and a body, as well as the ability to be occupied and to glorify him with both.  …After… Continue reading Diligence

Thou Art All

Psalm 115:1 says, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (NASB).  John Owen has some excellent comments on this theme of soli Deo gloria: Have any of us any glory, any crowns, any gifts, any graces, any wisdom or valor, any useful endowments?  Let us cast them all… Continue reading Thou Art All

To Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of John Piper’s slight tweak of the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God ‘by enjoying’ him forever.”  It’s not that I think the catechism is perfect, or that it must never be changed.  Rather, I believe the authors of the catechism purposely used… Continue reading To Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever

Making Decisions Biblically

One thing in the Christian faith that amazes me is how often my decision-making process is straight up unbiblical.  I've talked about this with other Christians recently, and they admit the same.  How often do I (we?) make difficult choices with a quick prayer, ultimately doing what will benefit me (us?) the most?  After contemplating this and recently working… Continue reading Making Decisions Biblically

The Specifics of Gloryfing God

We all know the excellent opening statement of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.  Of course this is totally biblical (1 Cor 10, Col 3, 1 Pet 4, etc.), but sometimes it gets fuzzy in practice.  In other words, what exactly does it mean to… Continue reading The Specifics of Gloryfing God