Tuesday, 21 May 2019
God is perfect. He is perfectly good, perfectly pure and holy, and perfectly righteous and just. He judges the living and the dead. He is all-seeing and all-knowing and cannot be deceived.
How can He reveal Himself through us?
Nancy Pearcey: Our calling is not just to “go to heaven” but also to cultivate the earth, not just to “save souls” but also to serve God through our work. For God Himself is engaged not only in the work of salvation but also in the work of PRESERVING and DEVELOPING His creation. When we obey the Cultural Mandate, we participate in the work of God Himself.
Many years ago, someone asked me what is “cultural mandate”, I had no clue but today, I see light. Thanks be to God!
There are many ways to say the same thing [I conclude]. Speakers, preachers, teachers, writers and authors may explain the same thing but they use different words and illustrations. Let us not argue over words any more. By God’s grace, we can be used to speak the truth in love, at the right time, to the right person.
So, what is cultural mandate?
From the dictionary, cultural (an adjective) relates to the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a society. It also relates to the arts and to intellectual achievements. And, what is mandate? Mandate (a noun) is an official order or commission to do something. Synonyms are instruction, directive, direction, decree, command, order, injunction, edict, charge, bidding, warrant, ruling, ordinance, law, statute…
Jesus has taught us how to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
Dear Father God
Let Your Kingdom come [INTO us] and Your Will be done on earth [AROUND us] as it is in heaven. Let Your Kingdom invade earth. Yes! Amen! By Your Grace, it shall be done!
In the crushing/In the pressing/You are making NEW WINE
In the soil, we now surrender/You are breaking NEW GROUND
So we yield to You and to Your careful hand
When we trust You we don’t need to understand…
Make us Your vessel/Make us an offering/ Make us whatever You want us to be/We came here with nothing/But all You have given us/Jesus, bring NEW WINE out of us…
‘Cause where there is NEW WINE/There is NEW POWER/There is NEW FREEDOM/And THE KINGDOM is here/We lay down our old flames/To carry Your NEW FIRE today…
Song: New Wine/Hillsong Worship – ‘I’ and ‘me’ changed to ‘we’ and ‘us’, respectively.
Lam Yee Ling