Thursday, February 11, 2010

This week's lesson: goodness

Is it good to be excellent?

When the Greeks talked about "goodness" or agathos, after all, they meant more than just moral worth. No, they used the word to describe anything done well.
  • When everybody went back for seconds at a church potluck, for instance, then you could say the food was agathos.
  • Or when your child graduates from high school with a full-ride scholarship to a competitive college, then you could say their education had been agathos.
  • And when the person giving special music in church finds a way to move you, enlighten you, and help you see God's grace in a whole new way . . .
Then some might say that was unusual.

But all would agree it was agathos.

So when Ephesians 2:10 says "we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do," then it suggests we are called to do more than just slop through life with the attitude that "anything is good enough for God."

No, there is a call here for agathos in everything we do -- in our potlucks, in our schools . . . and yes, even in our worship services.

To be sure, God doesn't need our agathos to make Him look good.

But I'm not sure our lack of agathos makes Him look any better.

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