Devoted to God is Sinclair Ferguson‘s contribution on the subject of the believer’s sanctification. Ferguson is a pastor-theologian. He has ability to both grasp biblical truth and to communicate that truth to the Christian community.
The author intends to provide a manual of biblical teaching on holiness. The reader is intended to learn how to glorify and enjoy God by growing in holiness. Since the Lord is holy, we are to be holy.
Do you really understand God’s mercy and grace? If some version of the following sayings cross your lips, you probably have at least a deficient view of these virtues of God.
Do you catch yourself saying, “It’s been one of those days.” Perhaps you wished that you could reset the clock and go back to the moment when your alarm clock sounded in the morning.
It is on those days that we feel like we really need God to show us mercy and grace.
Human beings have a tendency to undervalue our thoughts as compared to our actions. This is especially true when it comes to our understanding of our need for God’s mercy and grace. Often we think that if we can avoid taking a sinful action then we have a fine standing before the Lord. What is missing in this assessment? Is it not that we fail to account for the many sinful thoughts that bounce around in our minds?
Jesus taught that we are as culpable for our thoughts as for our actions.
We may cringe when we read the following words from the Pharisee’s prayer in Luke’s gospel. How could anybody pray such a prayer? But I suspect that our cringing may be based on the fact that we are familiar with the story. We know before we ever read this section of Scripture that the Pharisee is the bad guy. So we avoid offering up these kinds of prayers. However we are not so keen on avoiding comparing ourselves to others in our minds and words to others.
“God, I thank you that I am not like other men.”
On one occasion I was speaking with a church going woman about a sinful issue in her life. At first she offered a few attempts at rationalizing her sin. She soon realized that those excuses sounded much more lame out loud than they had inside her own head. Finally, she blurted out, “Well at least I’m not like (name of another person).”