Today I am over at Micah J. Murray’s blog, Redemption PIctures talking about why I am Reformed. Check out this excerpt and then head on over to his blog to read the rest!
God orchestrates events so the Ethiopian can understand the Scriptures and be baptized. It’s what we see in Acts 17:26 when Paul says, “and He (God) determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.” God is actively involved in saving us.
Isn’t that our experience? We look back over our life and we see all these events, experiences, and coffee-conversations leading us to see Jesus more clearly than ever before. Even though we at one point make a cognitive decision to follow Jesus, we look back over our lives and see that Jesus had been pursuing us long before we ever made a decision. Sometimes, before we were even looking for him we see him looking for us.
That’s God choosing us. Chasing us down. Telling a modern-day Philip to go south down the road and saddle up next to the chariot and to stay near it because God is passionately pursuing the person inside.
For all our discomfort with saying God elects some and doesn’t elect other, I think most of us would say that at some point we looked back and saw God working in us and on us. For me, that’s evidence of election. It isn’t an arbitrary decision made by an impersonal God. It is the actions of a ruthlessly-passionate, relationship-oriented God who pursues the objects of his love – you and me.
- See more at: http://redemptionpictures.com/2013/08/09/reformed/#sthash.U3qgbhTE.dpuf