Wednesday, August 27, 2008


How is God pleased with us? Can God be pleased with us?

That was the topic du jour last night at House Church.

I found this to be a surprisingly difficult subject, which brought up the question, do I think that God is pleased with me?

Given my Lutheran roots, I think that I have been taught and taught and taught that if God finds anything good in us, it is what the Holy Spirit is working in us. That the good we do is Jesus' good work in us.

That, because of sin, God cannot be pleased with us. That's why we need Jesus, so that He can wash away those things and God can take pleasure in us. Because of Jesus.

Maybe that is the Sunday School answer. I don't know. I'd welcome your thoughts and comments.

*For Clarification* I've ordered The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I think that I need to add some clarification. I know, that as God's creation, He is pleased with me, because he created me. I know that He loves me and that He finds value in me. I know that am His child. The bigger question with is God pleased about what I am doing? Isn't the good I do God working in me?


Susie said...

You should read "The Weight of Glory", per usual Lewis can put things better than I can. It's actually a collection of talks and essays, they're all good, but the first one is the one that will answer your question!

brnh said...

For a pomo approach you can check out "The Shack". Despite the rather horrific framer story, the weekend he spends with the triune God shows how God delights in all our faults and foibles--much like we delight in watching babies learn to walk despite their falls.