What is Jesus good at?
Yesterday I read an article by Dallas Willard. In the article he describes a disciple as someone who apprentices his life to another person. He writes that,
“A disciple or apprentice, then, is simply someone who has decided to be with another person, under appropriate conditions, in order to become capable of doing what that person does or to become what that person is. How does this apply to discipleship to Jesus? What is it, exactly, that he, the incarnate Lord, does? What, if you wish, is he “good at”? The answer is found in the Gospels: he lives in the kingdom of God, and he applies that kingdom for the good of others and even makes it possible for them to enter it themselves. The deeper theological truths about his person and his work do not detract from this simple point. It is what he calls us to by saying, “Follow me.”
When I read this paragraph I wondered what we would say God/Jesus is good at. I asked this on twitter and Facebook and so far I have received responses that “He is good” at being good and one saying that God is good at giving second chances. I want to press this further. Is goodness a word that is infused with excitement or is it one of those words that have become stale and almost boring? What is our definition of good? When we say that God is good, what is it that he is good at? What words would you use to describe his goodness other than the word good?