Pastor, to these beaten-down ones you have been called as an ambassador of glory. You have been called to rescue those who are awe discouraged and awe confused. You are called to represent the One who is glory, to people who, by means of suffering and disappointment, have become glory cynics. You have been called to be God’s voice to woo them back. You are placed in their lives as a divine means of rescue, healing, and restoration. You have been called to speak into the confusion with gospel clarity and authority. You have been called to give glory-bound hope to those who have become hopeless. You are called to speak liberating truths to those who have become deceived. You have been called to plead with disloyal children to once again be reconciled to their heavenly Father. You have been called to give glorious motivation to those who have given up. You have been called to shine the light of the glory of God into hearts that have been made dark by looking for life in all the wrong places. You have been called to offer the filling glories of grace to those who are empty and malnourished. You have been called to represent a glorious King, who alone is able to rescue, heal, redeem, transform, forgive, deliver, and satisfy. You have been called.
Paul David Tripp, Dangerous Calling, Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, 2012, p.151, 152
De cate ori ai auzit crestini spunand (ori ai auzit cuvintele venind din propria gura), „acela sau acesta nu este crestin, dar este in cautare”? Este o afirmatie comuna printre crestini. Ideea este ca sunt oameni peste tot care-L cauta pe Dumnezeu. Problema lor este aceea ca inca nu au fost capabili sa-L gaseasca. El se joaca de-a v-ati ascunselea. El le scapa intotdeauna.
In gradina Edenului, cand pacatul a intrat in lume, cine s-a ascuns? Isus a venit in lume ca sa caute si sa mantuiasca pe cei pierduti. Nu Isus a fost Cel ce S-a ascuns. Dumnezeu nu este un fugar. Noi suntem cei pe fuga. Scriptura declara ca cei rai fug cand nimeni nu-i urmareste. Asa cum a remarcat si Martin Luther: „Cei necredinciosi tremura si la freamatul unei frunze. Invatatura uniforma a Scripturii este aceea ca oamenii cazuti fug de Dumnezeu. ” Citește în continuare „Căutându-L pe Dumnezeu.”