Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Too often we wonder what lies beyond this life. I find it ironic, especially as I write this six days after Halloween, a day when the secular world tends to celebrate death, yet Christians tend towards remembering the lives of the saints who have died before. It is a paradox, yet one that Christians should take delight in.
I concede that there is not much related to warehouse life in this post. In truth, there is little that I can say that relates to warehouse life. Why? Because we, as a society, have done all we can to push God out of our lives and workplace. Yet, in truth, without God, and the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross, our lives are pointless.
What does the Small Catechism have to say with regard to our lives and how we should live?
Well, it is a life of faith, but the way the Catechism states it is:
I believe in the Holy Ghost; one holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?–Answer.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.
To that end, we must accept that we can not believe in Christ and his sacrifice, save that the Holy Spirit enables us. This is why I can not accept the idea that we can make a decision for salvation. Not only does scripture not affirm this idea, neither does the Apostle’s Creed. If is also for this reason that I say plain that without God and the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross for our sins, our lives would be pointless. It is only by God’s grace that we see each sunset and sunrise. It is only by God’s grace that we can believe and trust in his promise to raise us up on the last day.
I am sorry that I don’t have much more to say. However, there isn’t much I can say that the Small Catechism doesn’t already say for itself. Amen.