Why are we here?
Isn’t that one of those questions we find ourselves asking, wherever we are on our spiritual journey.
And how would you answer that question?
You might give the answer from God’s Word – 1 Corinthians 10:31. I exist for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) — 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
You would be right, technically. We are supposed to have a doxological purpose in life (living for God’s glory). But what if you stopped at that simple statement: I exist for the glory of God? You need to go deeper than that. You need to ask:
How can I bring glory to God?
It is not enough to know the right answer to, “why am I here?” Your knowledge needs to motivate you to action. You have to stop. You have to think. You have to act.
We have a goal here as a church – to follow Christ together in grace and truth. No church-goer would probably argue with that statement. But, I can tell you when discussions and opinions come about. It’s when we ask:
How can we follow Christ together in grace and truth?
Keeping the balance of grace and truth is not an easy task. One side harps on you for emphasizing grace too much to the exclusion of truth. The other side harps on you for emphasizing truth so much that you show no grace. It’s a lose-lose or a win-win, depending on how you look at it. Same course of action taken, two different opinions offered.
I believe the same balance of grace and truth needs to be struck that was the case in Jesus’ incarnation. Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man. It’s kind of messy to explain how those two facets of Jesus mix together in harmony. Believe me, I’m preaching through the Gospel of Mark, and it’s quite the task to explain 100% God and 100% Man. If you think it isn’t tough to explain, make it the subject of your family devotions tonight and let the kids ask questions afterwards.
In our church, we need to have 100% Grace and 100% Truth. I cannot and will not water down truth, but I also cannot and will not water down grace. If I cave in on the truth, I become a heretic speaking falsehood. If I cave in on grace, then I leave myself with no salvation, because I was saved by grace alone. And, you know what, just like the incarnation of Jesus, it’s hard to explain what 100% grace and 100% truth looks like. But that does not mean that I won’t try to.
Just ponder John 1:14
John 1:14 (NIV) — 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (emphasis mine)
Think on that. Jesus was full of grace and truth. How can you be full of two apparently different substances? We’ll come back to that at a later date. For now, meditate on it.