The Village can sometimes look like a trauma center. Since 2002, we have asked God to send us broken, hurting people to proclaim the gospel to, and He has. It’s messy and at times exhausting, but watching God work in the severely wounded is a beautiful thing.
A key piece to anyone recovering from a broken and sinful world is an understanding of what the problem is. Everyone knows there is something wrong with the world, but what you think the problem is will determine how you try and solve it. Unfortunately, most people spend all their efforts on symptoms rather than the disease that’s causing those symptoms.
“Grace-Driven Effort” goes after the heart. I am always amazed at how so many people have separated their actions from their hearts. There is a reason you have a crummy marriage, lack patience, are always angry and addicted to ________________.
There is a reason you have to tear down other women constantly and why you feel led to point out their flaws and failures. The reason is you have a wicked, idolatrous heart. If you simply try to handle the symptoms without addressing your heart as the source of those symptoms you’ll never see sin mortified in you. “Grace-Driven Effort” uses the weapons of grace on our hearts not just to manage a behavior.