Integrity Moments - Feb. 15, 2012



Motives Matter
By: Rick Boxx
February 15, 2012

In his book, “The Prodigal God,” Tim Keller gives a fresh perspective on the parable of the prodigal son. Instead of focusing on the wayward son, Keller points to the eldest one as an example of a religious, but lost person.

Keller claims the oldest son was moral for selfish reasons. He writes, “In the same way, religious people commonly live very moral lives, but their goal is to get leverage over God, to control him, to put him in a position where they think he owes them.”

Proverbs 16:2 teaches, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.”

If you think integrity is only about obeying rules, you need to stop and ask yourself why you follow the rules. Motives matter to God.

Timothy Keller’s The Prodigal God

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way. Purchase The Prodigal God here

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