Catch the Wave

     In one of the latest issues of Sports Illustrated there’s an article about a group of surfers who travel around the Pacific in pursuit of the big waves.  They have a sophisticated website that tracks the storms and predicts where the big waves will hit.  They effectively network with each other about travel plans.  Everything in their lives revolves around their surfing those big waves.  It’s obvious that this is their purpose in life.

     What is the purpose of life?  That’s a question LDS missionaries like to ask people.  It’s a great question.  But it’s one that a lot of people often haven’t given much thought to. I have seen many people respond to it with a blank stare as they figuratively (and sometimes literally!) scratch their heads.

     What’s the purpose of life?  Mormonism’s answer is that this mortal life is a time of testing – a time to progress and prove our worthiness.  For example, the LDS manual, Gospel Principles states: “Our Heavenly Father knew we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left Him for a time.  He wanted us to develop the godlike qualities that He has.  To do this, we needed to leave our premortal home to be tested and to gain experience. . .If we passed our tests, we would receive the fulness of joy that our Heavenly Father has received.”  (p. 10-11)

     So what has all this to do with those surfers?  Just a day or so after reading that article, I was studying John 1.  Verse 17, talking about Jesus, says:  “And of his fulness have all we received, grace for grace.”  I immediately thought about that article which described how the waves would come one right after another.  That is exactly what John is here describing about Jesus.  He sends one wave after another, not of testing, but of grace.  His grace is like the ocean. We can never plumb its depths. Paul wrote:  “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”  (Romans 5:20)  God’s grace is like an endless series of waves washing over us.

     What’s my purpose in life?  To catch and keep on riding the waves of God’s grace.  It is my goal to be propelled through life by the power of his grace, his love which caused him to save me freely – which continues to wash over me daily.  But I don’t want to keep this to myself.  Just like those surfers, I want others to experience the exhilaration of riding those waves.  I want others to have the wonderment of knowing that even though they have failed the test = Jesus has passed it for them – that where their sins abounded, God’s grace is there in much greater abundance.  Catch and ride the wave of God’s grace.  It’s the greatest ride in the world.

6 Responses to “Catch the Wave”

  1. 1 Ralph Peterson
    September 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    “To catch and keep on riding the waves of God’s grace.”

    Sounds like you have to do something.

    “Catch and ride the wave of God’s grace.”

    Again, sounds like you have to do something.

  2. 2 adb
    September 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Yes, the new man who has been given life in Christ now is able to “do something.” Having been made alive by the Holy Spirit (i.e., converted), who worked in his heart the knowledge and certainty of salvation full and free, the new man wants nothing more than to “do something” to express his thanks and gratitude for the guarantee of eternal life that he has received through Christ. And that godly desire only comes about through God’s grace that continues to work in him through the Word of God and the sacraments. Where else would that man choose to be than riding on the waves of God’s grace!

  3. 3 Ralph Peterson
    September 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    You are talking about the “doing” that comes after receiving grace.

    “To catch and keep on riding the waves of God’s grace.”
    “Catch and ride the wave of God’s grace.”

    Sounds like you have to do something (catch) BEFORE you “ride” the grace.

  4. 4 adb
    September 25, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Aside from the fact that you might just be taking Mark’s illustration beyond what his intent is (i.e., he’s not emphasizing the “doing” or “not doing”; he’s emphasizing grace–even the best analogies limp at some point), I would totally agree with you. It does “sound like you have to do something.” And man, led purely by his reason, would come to that very conclusion. However, reason must be left at the door when it fail’s to grasp what the Bible clearly says, which is that by nature we are dead, blind, and hostile enemies toward God. Kind of rules out any “doing” doesn’t it (at least in my simple mind)?

  5. 5 Ralph Peterson
    September 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I am not saying anything about Mark’s “intent”. I am only telling you what it “sounds” like.

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