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.