An Internal and Eternal Inscription

Sunday, Jan. 15             

For some months now our congregation has had a steady diet of how to serve God with right motives.  Pastor Doug has shared with us that it is not duty that should drive us.  It is not just getting directions and obeying.  It is not a check list.  All those things go back to Law.  The New Covenant is written on our hearts, meaning that it is within us and not imposed from the outside.  It is like living water with a continuous flow of godly thoughts, words, and actions.  It includes a transformed mind and a humble spirit.  It is God living in us.  It is Holy Spirit empowered.  It is fueled by a loving relationship with Christ.  It should be spontaneous and consistent.  I think William Penn touched on this when he said “He that does good for good’s sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.”   Doing good for good’s sake is precisely what Doug has been getting at.  This should not be a surprise since both he and William Penn got their understanding from the same source.  And, yes, I am certain of paradise and a reward.  But I will be quite content just to hear Jesus say “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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