Nick Hornby is probably best known for his books “HI Fidelity” and “About a Boy.” But my favorite Hornby book is definitely, “How to Be Good.”
“How to Be Good” is the story of a woman who is married to an obnoxious man who goes through a religious conversion and suddenly becomes very nice and extremely charitable. This, ironically, rather than making her happy and their marriage more harmonious, makes her miserable and angry. It’s a hilarious and insightful story about our struggle and longings to be (regarded as) “a good person.” I recommend it for your Summer reading list.
As we continue with our season in Galatians, this Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we reflect and meditate on Galatians 3:15-25. This week’s passage speaks about our relationship with the Law of God and the critical relationship between grace, obedience, gratitude, and idolatry.
How do joy, gratitude, fear, and pride impact your obedience?
As you prepare for corporate worship, I encourage you to reflect and meditate on Galatians 3:15-25 and the following insights (slightly adapted) from Martin Luther’s 1520, Treatise on Good Works.
If we doubt or do not believe that God is gracious to us and is pleased with us, or if we presumptuously expect to please Him through . . . our works, then our compliance with the law is all pure deception, outwardly honoring God, but inwardly setting up self as a false savior . . . . Note for yourself, then, how far apart these two are: keeping the First Commandment with outward works only, and keeping it with inward justifying faith. For this last makes true, living children of God, the other only makes worse idolatry and the most mischievous hypocrites on earth.
Yours in Christ’s love,