God isn’t reasonable or efficient, and His people shouldn’t be either!
Devotional Thought of the Day:
33 How great are God’s riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? 34 As the scripture says, “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? 35 Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?” 36 For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:33-36 (TEV)
13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:13-19 (NIV)
Let it be said without irreverence: there is no one more inefficient than God.
Consider the lack of logic in His investment and in the purpose of that spending:
sacrificing his Son for a sinful and ungrateful humanity, past and present. There is no doubt, the logic of the history of salvation is a gratuitous logic not measured by a “must” and a “should.”
I have been having a conversation with a church consultant/pastoral coach recently. It started with some questionable marketing principles employed,, which I questioned, and to which he responded.
But it got me thinking more and more about how the church “does business” How we manage things, set priorities, invest our time and money. And comparing that to how the business world trains us to maximize productivity, to get the greatest R.O.I. (return of investment,) How the world manages itself is not necessarily the way the church should be managed has become more and more apparent.
The words in blue, from Pope Francis, seem to substantiate that view. By the world’s standards, God is not efficient. He traded his glorious, incredible Son, through whom He created all things and sustains all things for a bunch of broken, selfish, sinful people who often choose to struggle with his rules than realize how much those rules are given in love.
Doesn’t seem like an equitable, logical trade, does it? That His ways just don’t make sense? That we should be like Him, and not regard others according to worldly standards, knowing that God was in charge?
God just doesn’t make sense.
And neither should the church, as it imitates God. It should go after the one who is wandering, broken, rebellious, rather than serving its own. It should love the one who persecutes it, (such as Paul) and betrays it (like Peter). It should accept the hardheaded ones, and love them. It needs to be about redeeming the unredeemable, helping the hopeless find hope, and reconciling those who the world things better off divided.
It doesn’t make sense, it isn’t expedient, or pragmatic, or efficient to care for those who don’t want to be cared for.
But it is what God calls us to do, those who don’t deserve His love, but are loved anyway.
Lord Jesus, help us to value those whom you value, help us to see things with your eyes, your heart, and help us to love.
(((( Curious, what is it about God and the Bible that doesn’t make sense to you? )))
Pope Francis. A Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections from His Writings. Ed. Alberto Rossa. New York; Mahwah, NJ; Toronto, ON: Paulist Press; Novalis, 2013. Print.