The Bible’s accurate portrayal of a good-but-flawed humanity clearly demonstrates that redemption comes not through human initiative but through divine faithfulness. The story of the Bible is the story of a God who is active in human history, bringing blessing in the midst of a fallen world. The good news begins in Genesis and climaxes in Christ!
Our culture of narcissism feeds a spirituality of self-realization in the context of moral relativism. A spirituality with no beliefs to which one must adhere, no particular community to which one need belong, and no demands on one’s moral behavior is appealing to narcissistic individuals. Tragically, this is what many people mean when they say, “I am spiritual.”
The kingdom is beyond our control – and that is a good thing! The kingdom depends on God’s power, not human effort or agency. We are not responsible for its growth, but we are responsible to do one thing – scatter the seed on the ground. We play a role, but the growth itself is in God’s hands. “[We] see to the sowing and God sees to the growing.”