Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Election, Excellence, Predestination, Motivation, and Mission

More thoughts from the book- uploaded from my blog

I have been reading a book about Calvin and got hit between the eyes this morning.

"If election has as its goal holiness of life, it ought to arouse and goad us eagerly to set our mind upon it than to serve as a pretext of doing nothing. What a great difference there is between these two things: to cease well-doing because election is sufficient for salvation, and to devote ourselves to the pursuit of good as the appointed goal of election." John Calvin

I think we fail if we teach election only unto salvation (stopping at new birth and conversion/justification).

Ephesians 1 is very clear: "even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, _that_ we should be holy and blameless before him."

God chose me for an end... my glorification. My passionate desire to honor Him with my life and take on his mission is fuel to the flame. The 'frozen chosen'? What a sin! It is like a stillborn baby, what a tragedy.

Let's spur one another on to take on the devil again today. And at the end of the day as I lay shot up with holes from one helluva fight. Help me repent, drink in grace, and swing for the fence again tomorrow.

I want to be more holy for His namesake.

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