Pastor Chris and Pastor Robbie are currently enrolled in Faith Bible Seminary's Master of Divinity program. They have been working on this degree since August of 2016 and wanted to share a brief update on how the Lord is working in their lives through this program. This week we hear from Pastor Chris and next week we will hear from Pastor Robbie.
One of my favorite movies (I have many) is the funny story of a mob boss who promises his dying father that he will “go straight” and become an honest businessman. The father dies and, true to his word, the mob boss decides to become a banker. Chaos and hilarity ensue as the man desperately tries to barrel through all the obstacles that get thrown his way. In the end, the man goes from mob boss to banker and back to mob boss…all in the same day! Some of his final words in the movie are very telling, “Sorry, Papa, I tried my best.”
And that’s the point: in his own strength, he set about to make positive changes in his life, but ultimately failed and ended up exactly where he started. His life was simply a perpetual (albeit funny) do-loop, always finishing right where he started. This part of the man’s story resonates with me. There is definite chaos at times (and hilarity also abounds) in being a full-time husband, father of three (including a 6-month old), pastor of a growing church, and now a full-time seminary student. I get into trouble when I try to navigate these perilous waters on my own, which ultimately reduces my life to a do-loop and I end up right where I started. But that’s the point. My best is not nearly enough.
Titus 2:11-13 says:
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”
God’s grace (unmerited favor lavished upon us) does not end in salvation, rather it is just ramping up! His grace trains and teaches us how to please and enjoy Him, especially amidst life’s chaos. So even while learning the complex structures of the ancient Hebrew and Greek languages, God is teaching me about what it means to live by His grace, trust in His goodness, and hope in His promises. It is the grace of God, not my own strength, that helps me navigate through the craziness of life. What a glorious and hopeful truth for us all!