Came across this post by Kevin DeYoung and don’t know that I’ve heard or read it stated any better. To His words, I add my hearty Amen! Below is part of his post. Click the link and read it in its entirety.
But that’s not all I’m saying with the word Reformed. I don’t view the Reformed faith as simply one branch on the Christian tree. I believe the Reformed understanding of the Bible is Christianity in full bloom. Hopefully, this does not make me haughty about “my flower.” But it does make me glad to have the flower (or for the flower to have me), because I find the flower to be the most beautiful, sweetest smelling bloom on the Christian tree.
When I say am I am Reformed I mean:
I marvel at God’s holiness, that he is independent, pure, good, and utterly beyond me.
I glory in God’s goodness, that he should save a wretch like me, totally undeserving, bent toward evil in all my faculties.
I rejoice in God’s sovereignty, that he chose to save me for the praise of his glory, not owing to anything I did or would do or any potential in me.
I find my hope in the second Adam who gives me life and imputed blessing, triumphing over the first Adam’s imputed death and curse.
I am grateful for God’s power by which he caused me, without my cooperation, to be born again and enabled me to believe his promises.
I take comfort in God’s all-encompassing providence, that nothing happens to me by chance, but all things–prosperity or poverty, health or sickness, giving or taking away–are sent to me by my loving heavenly Father.
I praise God for his mercy, shown to me chiefly on the cross where his Son died, not just to make a way for me to come to him, but died effectually in my place such that my sins, my guilt, and my punishment all died in the death of Christ.
I find assurance in God’s preserving grace believing with all my might that nothing–not even myself–can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord which he began in me and will see through to completion.
I rest secure in God’s covenant love, depicted in both the Old and the New Testament, showing me the incomparable blessings of knowing that the Lord is my God and I am his beloved son, that God is a God to me and my children after me.
I stand amazed in the justifying grace of God whereby I am acquitted of all my sins and clothed with new garments in the presence of my King and Judge, not because of anything I have done but only because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in which I trust.
I delight in the glory of God and in God’s delight for his own glory which brings me, on my best days, unspeakable joy, and on all my other days, still gives purpose and order to an otherwise confusing and seemingly random world.
I cherish the word of God because it is all true, because I see Christ in it, and because its rules and precepts are for my good,
I rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to illumine my mind, convict me of sin, and make me holy as God is holy.
When I say I am Reformed I mean that God is the center of the universe and I am not. I mean that I am a worse sinner than I imagine and God is a greater Savior than I ever thought possible. I mean that the Lord is my righteousness and the Lord alone is my boast. By Reformed I mean all this, and most of all that my only comfort in life and in death is that I am not my own but belong, in body and in soul, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, amen.