Newsletter 03.22.17

Dear Church Family,

Does the means justify the end? This may be a less common question to you, but it is one growing in popularity though no one talks this way. Some will suggest the journey is what matters, not the destination. In other words, it doesn’t matter where you’re going, just how you get there.

It sounds nice, doesn’t it? Like a slow drive through the mountains when the leaves are changing their colors. But if we use this motto to define our lives, the end won’t be as nice. How we make this journey of life we’re all on matters—in fact, it matters eternally.

God designed us and He designed us with a specific “end” in mind. That end is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). How we do that is only on one path. That path happens to be the Way, personified in Jesus Christ (John 14:6). He is the only One to ever perfectly glorify God in everything, and as such is the fulfillment of mankind. Therefore, the only way for us to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives as those created in the image of God is through believe in the name of the Son of God, Christ Jesus (Acts 4:12).

Now, to be sure, we can and we will do all sorts of different things after we enter through the narrow gate, but we must always stay on the same path (Matthew 7:13). We will have different vocations, hobbies, personalities, and preferences, but they must all be in accord with the course we are taking. God’s will for our lives as Christians is our sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3), but this gradual process involves our decisions as Christians. We have been blessed with wonderful freedom through Christ, which liberates us from the power of sin and enables us to walk in the fullness of life (Romans 6:5-14; Galatians 5:1).

Therefore, Paul is able to say, “To the pure, all things are pure” (Titus 1:15). That implies a vast range of possibilities for us to glorify God with our lives. Throughout the course of our lives, we will make thousands upon thousands of choices. We might assume all decisions are equal in the mind of God because we are free, but our freedom came with a price. All things might be permissible, but all things are not beneficial (1 Corinthians 6:12). The means of our lives matter because of the greatness of our end. Therefore, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Gentry