Using Our Minds for the Glory of God
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does also.” John 5:19
As we enter into the spiritual discipline of study during the month of February it is good to remember that what we know about the Heavenly Father is shown to us through the life of Jesus and by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The words of Jesus above, the analogy He presents, is stated in a time when almost all education, career training, was given by fathers to their sons. How did one learn to farm, be a smith, a carpenter, or any craftsman? By watching and working for their father. Jesus, throughout the book of John, reminds us that He likewise is carrying on the work of His Father: “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”
Our goal during the month of February is to study Jesus and learn about Godly character. Jesus invites us in the book of John to study him, to judge his works and to learn about a God centered life. In the weeks ahead, as we study God’s word, as we read John Ortberg’s book The Life You’ve Always Wanted, as we speak with one another, the end is not to become experts in study, to be better gifted in academia. Rather, our goal is to use the tool of study that God has for us in a way that will help us understand better what it means to live for Jesus and accomplish God’s will in our lives.
Jesus tells us that as we watch Him we will learn of God the Father. We focus in February on hearing the Words of Jesus and then to reflect on how we can improve in following Him. Ortberg’s book is centered on this same ideals. Joining in a book study together will be a great way to feel united as members of Hope. Through the discipline of study we can encourage one another to use our minds for the glory of God.
Bruce Hillyer, Associate Pastor