Recently I came across these two quotes that really got me thinking about my relationship with God.
The first is from Philip Yancey’s book, ‘What’s so amazing about grace?’
“By instinct I feel I must do something in order to be accepted [by God] … Eugene Peterson draws a contrast between Augustine and Pelagius, two fourth-century theological opponents. Pelagius was urbane, courteous, convincing, and liked by everyone. Augustine squandered away his youth in immorality, had a strange relationship with his mother, and made many enemies. Yet Augustine started from God’s grace and got it right, whereas Pelagius started from human effort and got it wrong. Augustine passionately pursued God; Pelagius methodically worked to please God. Peterson goes on to say that Christians tend to be Augustine in theory but Pelagian in practice. They work obsessively to please other people and even God.” (Page 71)
I just have to add that this quote doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be trying to be better people and that we can just continue in sin, after all Romans 12:2 says, “… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”, it’s just that no matter how well we follow the ‘rules’, we can’t ever earn God’s grace.
The second quote was:
“Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy, if you think about it. The God of the universe-Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E minor-loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.”
– Francis Chan
These two quotes really changed my perspective. They made me wonder how different my spiritual life would be if I focused more on passionately pursuing God because of His love and who He is, and because I love His word, rather than just trying to do everything right so that I can be in the kingdom. I think my life and relationship with God would be so much richer and is definitely going to be something I strive for from now on.
Anyhoo, I just wanted to share these thoughts on here because they really got me thinking about how we pursue God and why we pursue God. I would love to know your thoughts on this as well so do leave a comment below if you have anything to add!