Divinely Appointed Destruction, Pt. 1

Matt Chandler (courtesy The Village Church)

In an article posted on Christianpost.com, Lead Pastor Matt Chandler from The Village Church was quoted addressing the crowd at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastor’s conference.  At this conference, he said this to them:

“If God loves you, He’s going to expose you … and ruin your world for the sake of your heart,”

As my wife and I have wrestled through what it means to be in this season of life, the obvious question that we have both had to come to grips with is why? People have looked at the situation we are facing and offer their insight and words of comfort.  And this is good, because we need comfort.  And yet I am struck by this profound quote.  God is relentless in pursuing our hearts.  Not just in terms of salvation, but in the very essence of our sanctification.  Being made like Christ means to take this world and have it ruined before our eyes, so that all of it’s allure, it’s appeal, it’s comfort, and it’s joy is sapped away and diminished to nothing compared to the surpassing greatness of Christ Jesus.

So what does this mean for us?  How is God lovingly ruining our world?  Stay tuned, we are going to keep working through some of the things this notion brings to light.

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

Posted in Faith, Theology
5 comments on “Divinely Appointed Destruction, Pt. 1
  1. Jennifer Ridenhour says:

    God may ruin our world, but thankfully He won’t leave us there. He ruins it only to restore it to something better for His glory.

  2. pastorron7 says:

    I think it would be important to define “ruin.” God does not use anyone he doesn’t first break… THAT I would agree with. But it is hard to say God ruins to destruction in terms of Romans 8:28-29. God will humble us (As w/ Paul’s thorn) for the purpose of His glory and our ultimate good. I think I’m in that now… and have been for over two years. Remember Matt is saying that from an expeirience that very few even have a point of reference to understand.

    I don’t know what your struggle is… but I can tell you this… God is sovereign and in complete control. If it glorifies Him most to wad us up into a ball and throw us in a corner, then He’ll do it. If He determines it brings Him more glory for us to experience temporal blessings, He’ll do that. Bottom line… God declares the end from the beginning and from eternity past HIS will shall come to pass and no one can stop Him or question His motives (Is 46:9-10).

  3. JennyRain says:

    i have a love/hate relationship with Chandler.

    He irritates my sensible theology dangit. My happily created theological systems work until they bump up against his, his, his… RADICAL grace.

    The nerve he has to actually preach the real gospel. I was gettin all comfortable up in here until he rolled into town.

    Phsheesh!

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