We may resolve to follow good advice, but the only power for genuine change in life comes from good news.
The heart of the biblical story is not another task to fulfill, another mission to accomplish, or more advice to be followed. Instead, the Bible is the happy report that someone else has already fulfilled, accomplished, followed, and achieved everything for us.
In Jesus Christ we receive free grace and acceptance into the family of God. Since we are no longer trying to earn God’s approval, we are free to love him out of gratitude and joy. In Jesus, our acts of goodness become truly good for the first time because they are motivated by thankfulness, rather than done to accrue credit with God or leverage over others.
The Christian message and the Lutheran difference deliver the power to change your private life at home and in the family, as well as your public life at work and in society. Even more, this power endures forever.
Divided by Jesus
People often try to shoehorn Jesus into today’s popular view that, really, all beliefs are basically the same. But to think Jesus fits that bill is to interact with an imaginary Jesus. If you want to know the real Jesus you have to confront how his tough teaching truly divides, only to make a real difference.