I listened to a great sermon by John Piper. The link to the sermon is below.
Willing God’s Will As a Way of Knowing Christ’s Word
He uses a term that got me thinking and seems so true. He calls it “shell-gazing” or that someone is a “shell-gazer”.
So many people go to hear preachers or singers or actors because of the shell. Are you one of those? “Whoah! This man has learning!” Or, “She has looks, and what a voice!” And, “He is so cool, so hip!” Shell. Shell. Shell.
The question is: Are they true?
So Jesus poses the big question. If you don’t ask this question about your heroes, your stars, your God, yourself, you will always be a superficial shell-gazer. Verse 24 again: “Do not judge by appearances [by the shell!], but judge with right judgment.” Jesus poses the big question: How do you form a right judgment? How can you know? How can you know if he is true? How can you know if anybody is true?”
Are they true? That should be our question.
I have struggled with grasping election in all its parts. It is not that I do not believe in it, but that I wish to have arguments for common questions that come up on the topic, typical apologetics you might say. One question that I have been chewing on is “If God Elects some to be saved, is he then choosing others to go to hell? I thought God wanted all to be saved? I though Jesus Died for everyone’s sin. ” These are common questions that seem connected but are not. the articles below help answer these questions. If you have come across these questions in your walk I encourage you to take the time to read these articles and pray for an understanding that is biblical, not politically correct or man made to help us sleep better at night.
Something I read recently has help shape my mind into a reason I can grasp onto. the third article hints at this, but the book by Corrie Ten Boom. The Hiding Place, gives a beautiful illustration and maybe the tiniest of insight into God’s reason for us not knowing all of his purpose. the section of the book is below, and follows young Corrie asking her father a question which the answer is not age appropriate:
“He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor. “Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said. I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning. “It’s too heavy,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” And I was satisfied. More than satisfied—wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions—for now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.”
Boom, Corrie Ten; Elizabeth Sherrill; John Sherrill (2006-01-01). The Hiding Place (p. 43). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
“Most people, if they had really learned to look in their hearts, would know that they do want, and acutely, something that cannot be had in this world” -CS Lewis
10 Financial Principles That are Biblical– Good article that covers many aspects of life and stewardship