There are 4 points that we drew out from the chapter this week for the purpose of examination and discussion.
In the first 4 chapter, the author’s purpose is really to set the theological ‘stage’ for the rest of the book. She is giving us good, solid, Biblical truths to stand on as we later take on more practical discussions such as 2 am infant feedings, houseguests, and fine china.
So this first point is a fantastic starting point for us..
1. We have been created for the purpose of God’s glory.
Our author uses 1 Cor 10:31 to show us this. “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
She then uses a quote from Paul Tripp– “If God doesn’t rule the mundane, then he doesn’t rule you. Because that’s where you live.
If you aren’t glorifying the Lord in the ordinary, then when are you?
For further emphasis, our author quotes the Westminster Catechism question #1–
What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
So the question for our author is not should we do all things to the glory of God, but how do we do all things to the glory of God?
How do we live to God’s glory through the ordinary?
Furman asks, “How does my citizenship in heaven change how I manage my home?”
Well, what does it even mean that our citizenship is in heaven?
On page 18 she says, “Glimpses of Grace is about how we live in the ‘already but not yet’ time in God’s redemptive history.
And the important thing for us to take away from this– the important thing for us to acknowledge is that we live in a time in God’s redemptive history in which there exists a tension. Christ has come. He lived perfectly. He died a sacrificial death, and rose again from the grave. He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and we are seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
And yet… here we are?
This is why when we join together in corporate prayer we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done!”
Jesus is reigning over us and we do see glimpses of His kingdom… but we are yet to see it in it’s fullness.
This is why we say, we have been saved, we are being saved, and we will be saved.
This creates in us an inner tug- of- war.
There is tension between the old man– who is dead in sin, and the new man– who is alive in Christ.
And this is the arena for our struggle with sin.
So again, how does our citizenship in heaven change how I manage my home?
Well, that’s what we are here to discuss.
Let’s look at point 2.
2. In order for us to persist in this battle against sin, our hearts must be transformed by Christ.
Read Romans 3:10-12.
This being the case, how do we train our hearts to love him and to keep His commandments?
Are we changed by determining that we will do better? Are we transformed by fixing our eyes on the person that we hope to be? Do we simply recommit ourselves daily to living godly lives?
The answer is Jesus.
We fix our eyes on Christ and what He has done.
Our author says we do this by looking back to the cross and to the work that Christ accomplished on the Cross, and by looking forward to God’s promises of future glory.
Because God’s promises change our hearts. His Word reveals to us the depravity of our nature and the goodness of His.
Let’s look at some verses together. Write down how these verses motivate/ change/ encourage the way we manage our homes.
These verses point us back to Christ and His work.
Ephesians 2:8-9, 13
Okay so now lets look at some verses that speak to our future hope.
2 Thess. 1:11-12
3. Jesus is our Savior.
Our author says, “Not only is Jesus my example but He is also my Savior.”
We have been purchased by Christ’s blood, our sin nailed to Him on the cross, and we can live in Him– having been given new life in the One who conquered sin and death!
His righteousness becomes ours by faith!
4. Living in the reality of the Gospel motivates us to live as Christ lived.
So when we look at all these things, at what Christ has accomplished for us through his life, death, and resurrection, and when we look at His future promises to glorify us, to invite us in to perfect eternal fellowship with Him, and to make us heirs of His kingdom with Christ– our hearts are changed!
These truths change our relationships and the way that we deal with our families, they change our self-image and the way we approach the throne of grace, they change everything!
That is why it is so important that we saturate ourselves in them– that we commune with God daily, that we fellowship with His people, read His Word, approach Him in prayer, and sit under the preaching of His Word.
Theses are the means of Grace!
They change us!
We need to fix our eyes on our Savior.
Furman says that doing this will protect us from two deadly attitudes.
1. I am a terrible housewife (page 31 in your book)
2. I am an amazing housewife (page 32)
Both of these deny God the glory due His name.
Furman says, “So grace reminds me to live in the reality of the Gospel and the future promised to me.”
Read 2 Peter 1:3-4
As we see from His Word, we have been given everything we need to glorify the Lord through our day to day lives.
God has promised to work in us, to perfect our faith, and to make us worthy of this calling.
May we seek His will as we go about our busy lives this week, and may we glorify Him with hearts of thanksgiving, which cling tightly to His finished work, and the promises of hope for our future.
* We will study chapter 2 next Friday at 9:30. Hope to see you then!