Dear Redeeming Grace,
“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end.” (Pensées)
These words written by French philosopher, mathematician, and surprising convert to Christianity, Blaise Pascal, still ring true today. You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Live your best life now." Isn’t that in some way what we are all seeking to do?
Jason helped us confront this discerning observation in the sermon this past Sunday from Acts 16:16–24 concerning the Philippian slave girl, her liberation, and the consequent imprisonment of Paul and Silas. We were reminded that our only hope for salvation from the enslavement to and effects of sin is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
A relationship with Christ the King was held up for us for what it is: the means and ends of the best way to live, and our only hope for true gain.
As David in the Psalms so skillfully writes:
There are many who say, “Who will show us some good?
Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound. (Psalm 4:6–7 ESV)
The surpassing pleasure of the Father is forever on those that are united by faith to His Son. Amazing!
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 ESV)
God's gift to his people is not temporal or earthly gain but the inexhaustible, never-ceasing increase of joy and pleasure that are in His presence. Incredible!
Let’s exalt, enjoy, and extend these amazing truths to those around us today!