Downtown Omaha – July 2018
“Good works, properly understood, are nothing other than outward and concrete expressions of love”
“God did not love Adam and Eve because they did good work, but they were given good work to do because God loved them”
“These works are “good,” not because they are sufficient to earn God’s favor or save us from our sins, but because they are useful in promoting life and because they ultimately point back to God’s purpose in creating. Thus, we celebrate such moments, those tastes of purity, even when they are far from perfect”
“God’s law points us back to God, to his good creation, and to right relationships that flourish under him. But God’s law can never empower good work; it just outlines it.11”
“When we worship our work, we worship an idol. But the answer to this problem is not to become indifferent to it or to oppose the value of work. We can easily overvalue our work, thinking that we are “made” by what we do. But we can just as easily undervalue the astonishing gift of being both made and remade for good work—a gift that is simultaneously our act”
God So Loved
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