When the culture says we are at the center of the universe, the result is self-absorption that leads to emptiness and meaninglessness. Alistair Begg reminds graduating students and us that the remedy is not found in boasting in our own wisdom, strength, or wealth, but in knowing God as He has revealed Himself in the Lord Jesus. With that foundation, we can know life that is truly meaningful as our lives are poured out in service to God.
Paul had been been deserted by his friends, but he took comfort in the presence of Christ, knowing that it would allow the message of the Gospel to be proclaimed. Alistair Begg provides four verbs to describe Paul's situation in prison: opposed, deserted, strengthened, and rescued. This example reminds us that the comfort we experience from the presence of the Lord with us is directly related to His purposes for us.
How do we understand the fatherhood of God? Alistair Begg poses four questions as he helps us consider what it means to be children of God. While every person is a product of God's handiwork, not all are members of His spiritual family. Those who know God as their Father receive a new identity and are freed from the sinful nature into which we were born.