God defines what good works are, for which we were created (Eph 2:10), just as he, by his own nature, defines the very meaning of “good.” I have no idea if a work is good or not. This is why Jesus challenges the rich ruler as to what is good (Luke 18:18-19), because man has one idea — the wrong one — about goodness, while God’s idea is quite different.

• The first and, in one very real sense, only consideration is when, where and how we may please God by our service and devotion, in the midst of, and participating with, his spiritual family. All other considerations, of work, relationships, and even leisure and recreation, fall far below the first. A great white space opens a gulf of separation between the first consideration and the others. Indeed, there is but one, then there is the rest. Continue reading