Perhaps one of the most impactful elements of Together for Adoption last week, aside from Tullian’s awesome message, was something that came out of the pre-conference event with Tim Chester. There, he offered a really helpful diagnostic he called the four G’s—four liberating truths about God:
- God is great—so we do not have to be in control
- God is glorious—so we do not have to fear others
- God is good—so we do not have to look elsewhere
- God is gracious—so we do not have to prove ourselves
These may seem like they’re incredibly obvious, but the most obvious things tend to be the easiest to overlook. Tim’s questions were particularly helpful:
What happens when you fail to believe each of these truths about God? And how is this changed when you do believe these truths about God?
During a small group exercise, we were asked to look at the problem of busyness in light of these diagnostic questions—if you’re overly busy, in what ways could it be caused by failing to believe one or more of these truths about God? What does it say when our first thought about the amount of work we have to do is, “If I don’t, no one else will?” Could that not be a desire for control? Could we be working ourselves to death because we’re trying to prove ourselves to others who we think may not believe what we do has value? Could we be seeking the approval of others by taking on far more than we’re reasonably able to accomplish?
These are questions I’ve been mulling over since Thursday when we went through this exercise. Not sure if I’ve come to any definitive answers for myself just yet, but it’s definitely an exercise that I’m finding useful. I hope it will be for you as well.