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What Will Work To Make Things Better?

May 13, 2015

“When things go wrong in your life, or when you fear they might, you’ll be tempted to sacrifice ethics for pragmatism. You’ll hear your heart asking, what will work to make things better? You’ll not as clearly hear yourself asking, what is holy in this situation that will please the Lord?”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Pages 37-38

Questions for Reflection:
• In what ways are you currently more focused on making a difficult situation better by asking God what to do, rather than seeking to draw near to God and give Him pleasure?
• How are you protecting yourself, rather than loving others authentically, out of fear of what actively loving others might cost you?
• In pursuing your own safety as more primary than seeking to reveal God’s glory by loving others well, what invitation to fellowship with Jesus might you be missing?
• Take some time to ponder the reality that God’s call to obedience is a call to our greatest joy ,and ask Him for a vision of the opportunities for deeper intimacy that He’s already giving you.

One Comment
  1. Pragmatism is concerned with usefulness toward a purpose. To the degree that ethics serves your purpose, it is pragmatic. Jesus was a pragmatist. When the Pharisees criticized him for breaking rules, like failing to wash before dinner, having dinner with sinners, healing on the Sabbath, etc. Jesus invoked a higher purpose (See Matthew 22:37-40).

    The problem is not with pragmatism, but with the purpose chosen. Get the purpose straight and you will then proceed pragmatically to achieve it.

    All of your “questions for reflection” pose a practical (pragmatic) exercise toward moving in the right direction. So the problem is not in pragmatism, but choosing the right goal.

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