Appreciating Our Own Specific Call to Love and Serve

Once we recover a greater sense of God’s ordinary vocation as the site of his faithfulness, we will begin to appreciate our own calling to love and serve others in his name everyday ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 142


It Is One Thing to Believe, Its Quite Another to Act

God is true.  His Word of promise is sure.  In all His relations with His people God is faithful.  He may be safely relied upon.  No one ever yet really trusted Him in vain.  We find this precious truth expressed almost everywhere in Scriptures, for His people need to know that faithfulness is an essential part of the divine character.  This is the basis of our confidence in Him.  But it is one thing to accept the faithfulness of God as a divine truth, it is quite another to act upon it.  God has given us many “exceeding great and precious promises,” but are we really counting on His fulfillment of them?  Are we actually expecting Him to do for us all that He has said?  Are we resting with implicit assurance on these words, “He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23).

Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 51

We Cannot Apply Human Logic and Justice to God

But we cannot apply human logic and justice to the living God.  Human logic is based on human experience and human nature.  Yahweh does not conform to this model.  If Israel is unfaithful, God remains faithful against all logic and all limits of justice because He is.  Love clarifies the happy irrationality of God’s conduct.  Love tends to be irrational at times.  It pursues despite infidelity.  It blossoms into jealousy and anger – which betrays keen interest.  The more complex and emotional the image of God becomes in the Bible, the bigger He grows, and the more we approach the mystery of His indefinability.

– Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, copyright 1990, 2000, page 101