I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
The Age of Enlightenment saw the rise of Deism—the view that describes God as the Creator but not the maintainer of earth. Theism believes in a personal, involved God; Deism believes in an impersonal, detached God.
The rise of Deism was consistent with the Enlightenment’s growing disregard for the Bible—a book whose God is anything but impersonal and detached. When Jesus sent the apostles out to evangelize the world, He didn’t say, “I’m leaving! It’s all up to you now!” Instead, He promised to be with them “to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), “working with them” in their apostolic tasks (Mark 16:20). He even sent His Spirit to “guide [them] into all truth” (John 16:13). We are not called and commissioned to grow into maturity on our own. Jesus, by His Spirit, enables us in all He asks us to do for Him.
Whatever God calls you to do in ministry, family, or vocation, you are not alone. Jesus, by His Spirit, is with you to conform you to His image (Romans 8:29).
Talk with us, Lord, Thyself reveal, while here o’er earth we rove; speak to our hearts, and let us feel the kindling of Thy love. Charles Wesley
Put On Your Running Shoes – Philippians 3:12-16 – Skip Heitzig