Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My Takeaway from Dr. NT Wright

Last week I attended an event at my church that was hosted by Fuller Theological Seminary. The speaker was Dr. NT Wright. I really wanted to hear what he had to say as I've read his book Surprised by Hope.  It caused me to think more about heaven and the mission of the church.

Dr. Wright is from Scotland and wasn't exactly what I expected. I thought he'd be a stuffy theologian.  After all, he's a prolific writer and New Testament scholar. He was introduced as Tom Wright and I loved his Scottish accent. I can't say that I agree with everything he's written. But then again, I've not read a whole lot of it. :) He was a very engaging speaker and there were several points that I took away from it.

  1. You become like what you worship.
  2. Humans are designed to reflect God's image.  Christians are to be God reflectors, angled mirrors reflecting His love.
  3. Celebrate the beauty of God's creation.

I loved an illustration that Dr. Wright used. He talked about stone cutters who were given a job to do. They focused on their part in the building of huge cathedrals. It wasn't until after it was all put together that they could point to the small part they played in the final product.

Each of us has been given talents by God. We are to do our part even though it may seem small. One day we may get to see how it was used in the larger picture.

I witnessed that type of thing first hand at our school. The preschoolers were in Art Class and had the opportunity to contribute to a mural.  One child painted black lines and another a colored portion.  Here's a look at the final product.


So if you sometimes think that what you're doing is so small, be encouraged. God can use your simple part in the larger picture after all.  Each part counts! Thank you Dr. Wright.

Blessings and love,

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1 comment:

Clifton Ditmore said...

Thanks for sharing this. I have read many of Dr. Wright's books. I wish I had known he was in town. I'm glad you got to hear him speak.

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