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God’s Consuming And Passionate Purpose

“God’s consuming and passionate purpose is to reveal Himself, to give Himself to us as the one community of persons we were created to most enjoy and also to resemble and reveal. The more traditional way of saying this is to say that God does everything He does for His own glory.

God made us male and female for His glory. As women and men, we glorify God by relating to others in this world in a manner that reveals something both staggering and stunning about the way God relates, something far beyond anything we could be or even imagine on our own.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Fully Alive, “There is a Center,” pg 142

Questions for Reflection:
• Since we are created, regardless of marital status, to live as men or women who celebrate the glory of God by the way we reveal Him, what opportunities do you have this week to relate in a way that reflects the heart of God to those around you?
• Have you considered that the choices that you make this week can potentially express the deepest realities of God’s nature?

Living Your Life In The Larger Story

“You are living your life in the larger story if you long to know everything that has been revealed in the Bible about His story so that you can follow its relational script. If instead you settle for only a statement of what you believe to be Christian truth and an awareness of a few biblical principles you try to follow, you are living in a smaller, non-relational story.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, “The Answer: To What Question?” pg 222-223

Questions for Reflection:
• Are you currently facing a relational conflict that has risen from trying to follow principles instead of living to reveal God’s heart?
• Take some time today to allow the Holy Spirit to shift your vision from focusing on what you do to being present within and available to the story God is telling.

Two Stories Being Told: One By Satan, One By God

“You are on the narrow road if you are keenly aware that two stories are being told in every minute of every day, one by Satan and one by God. Travelers on the narrow road sense the appeal of both stories, too often with a stronger attraction to the wrong one. But they prayerfully discern which story is which and to what end each story is leading. As the Holy Spirit works, they get wind of the stench of Satan’s relationship-deadening but attractively disguised story and they catch the fragrance of God’s relationship-building and attractively demanding story. And they increasingly come to understand what it means to tell the story their redeemed hearts most long to tell by how they relate.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, “The Answer: To What Question?” pg 222

Questions for Reflection:
• What was it about God’s story that first drew you to follow Him?
• How has He drawn you nearer to Himself throughout your relationship with Him?
• When have you gotten “comfortably” stuck or sidetracked, and why?
• Take some time today to allow the Holy Spirit to renew your desire to live intimately with Christ, especially in the way that you interact with those around you.

Hardship Does Not Define The Narrow Road

“It is wrong to assume that you are on the narrow road simply because your life is hard. Life is hard for everyone – atheists and Christians, lukewarm followers of Jesus and true disciples alike. Hardship does not define the narrow road; it presents the opportunity for Christians to take the next step on the narrow road with fresh resolve and firm hope.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, “The Answer: To What Question?” pg 222

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you tend to identify the narrow road with suffering or with companionship with Christ, regardless of your situation?
• What is the focus of your hope today?
• What redemptive story are you being offered the opportunity to tell in the midst of your current circumstances?

Nothing Will Thwart His Purpose

“The sovereign God sees to it that nothing that happens in this world, nothing that either lost or saved people can do, will thwart His purpose. He is in total control of the story He is telling. He is the unthwartable God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• What stirs in your heart today at the thought that God’s purposes cannot be thwarted?
• Take some time to share that with Him and to ask Him to clarify how you can embrace your part in the story He’s telling.

Architect Of Eternal Beauty

“Even the wrath of man, energized by our flesh, directed by hell’s wisdom, and approved by the world, will further God’s eternal purpose to reveal Himself above all else as worthy of praise. His worthiness does not center in a commitment to our immediately felt well-being. The world, the flesh, and the devil are allowed to have their influence on our lives. But He continues to reveal Himself as the source and architect of eternal beauty available nowhere else, the beauty of perfect love in action during good times and hard. His activity, the whole of history, unfailingly furthers the ‘purpose of his will, to the praise of His glorious grace’ in saving sinners such as me (Eph. 1:5-6 ESV).”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• During the times when it feels like evil—in your own heart, in your circumstances and/or in the world at large—is winning, do you draw near to God or retreat from Him?
• What deliberate choices of trust and openness to Him are you being invited to make today?
• Since the ultimate act of evil, injustice and defeat—the crucifixion of Jesus—resulted in God’s triumph of redemption for us, what does living in hope look like today for you amid the battle with darkness that you are facing?

Always Up To Something

“God is always active, always up to something good.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, “What Does It Mean to Say God Is Sovereign?,” pg 205

Questions for Reflection:
• As you look back on the year that has come to a close, and look ahead to 2019, how does your heart respond to the reminder that God is actively at work for good?
• What makes it either difficult or simple to believe this?
• Is it easier to believe this is true for others, but not for you?
• If so, why?
• Take some time today to offer God your open hands to what He is doing, trusting that He is at work for good on your behalf.