Better Questions

Question handSometimes we get so preoccupied with what God wants us to do in a certain situation or “what is God’s will for my life” that we end up self-centered rather that God-centered in our practical, day-to-day theology.

Here are some great examples of reframing our thinking into healthy, biblical thoughts and questions:

We ask, “Where does God fit into the story of my life?,” when the real question is “Where does my little life fit into this great story of God’s mission?”

We want to be driven by a purpose that has been tailored just right for our own individual lives, when we should be seeing the purpose of all life, including our own, wrapped up in the great mission of God for the whole of creation.

We talk about “applying the Bible to our lives.” What would it mean to apply our lives to the Bible instead, assuming the Bible to be the reality – the real story – to which we are called to conform ourselves?

We wrestle with “making the gospel relevant to the world.” But in this story, God is about the business of transforming the world to fit the shape of the gospel.

We argue about what can legitimately be included in the mission that God expects from the church, when we should ask what kind of church God wants for the whole range of his mission.

I may wonder what kind of mission God has for me, when I should be asking what kind of me God wants for his mission.

(Chris Wright, quoted by Tim Chester & Steve Timmis in Total Church, p35)

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