Every now and then God is particularly good. Of course he’s always good… but every now and then, his goodness is lavished in our lives in such a way that we immediately sense how undeserving we really are.
Almost fourteen years ago I began a weekly men’s discipleship ministry with the hope that a few men would gather together around God’s Word and be saturated and transformed by it. I prayed with all my heart that men would be renewed and revived. I hoped in God that biblical, God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit-filled disciples would be born – men who would change the world – beginning with themselves, then in and through their families, workplaces, churches, communities, the culture, and then perhaps, one day, the world. God honors such efforts. Reformation and revival happens in such ways.
About fifteen years ago I stumbled upon a book that revolutionized my faith, my ministry, and my life. The book is entitled, The Micah Mandate, by George Grant. (Get this book!) It’s a marvelous, God-honoring study of what a biblical worldview is and how it should ignite those who hold it dear. Up to that point I had read every book around on the subject of Christian worldview – but those books always seemed to focus on the abstract and philosophical perspective. Grant’s book expanded my world and broadened my horizons. He emphasized the notion that the idea of worldview isn’t just something for the ivory towers of academia, but for all of life. Our worldview – our treasured faith – is for every sphere of life. I haven’t been the same since.
My hope for the men’s ministry was for God to penetrate the hearts, minds, and souls of our men with his Word, so thoroughly, that he would cultivate in our lives a framework (worldview) for viewing, interpreting, and applying our faith in every sphere of life. God has been pleased to work mightily in the lives of many of our men in such a way.
Grace and Truth,