No Mere Spectators

Years ago my wife and I decided that we'd front load our days, that we'd work out and do our personal devotions even before having breakfast. Evenings are for light after-work dinners and some down time. This schedule has allowed us to study the Word consistently, even though it has caused us to miss the late-night shows. (Nothing good happens after 8:00 p.m.)

This morning I had a little extra time after finishing my Greek NT readings so I turned to a couple of my favorite preachers. Even though these two men couldn't be any more different in terms of personality and culture, they both caught the light of the beauty of God's Gospel and we are all the richer for it.

First up is N.T. (Tom) Wright. 

For Paul, the central facts are the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, the world’s true Lord; but if ever facts were value-laden, these are. Genuine humanness, genuine obedient faithfulness to the one God, has appeared on earth, has suffered and been vindicated. Before this fact there are no mere spectators, only subjects and rebels. 

Next is John Lake. 

How beautiful it is to have the privilege of looking into the face of one whose nature has been thus refined by the Spirit of the Living God within.  How beautiful it is when we look into the soul of one whom we realize God has purged by the blood of Christ, and cleansed his nature and empowered it by His Spirit until the very characteristics of the life and attitudes of the mind of Christ are manifest in him to the glory of God.

If these don't invigorate your step, I'd have to wonder what would. 

GospelPeter Smythe