Lately, I’ve been reminded more and more that I count for very little. I have many weaknesses and insecurities that the world’s standards could count as ineffective. But thank God that those in Christ function in an upside-down kingdom!
What’s perplexing and awe-inspiring about this upside-down kingdom is that God loves taking the useless things in the world and making them useful. He loves sharing his worth with the poor, and he loves giving crowns of majesty to the lowly. He puts the power to move mountains in our timid prayers. He gives foolish men the ability to convict three thousand men of their sin, while adding to their number day after day. And best of all, he removes the grip that death so firmly holds upon our throats as soon as we whisper our confession of faith in the one found worthy, Jesus.
After being saved by grace though, I often fall into the trap that I now have to live the perfect life that I once could not live. I often feel like I have to save the world of all its trouble — and while grace empowers us to do amazing things and to live in the upward call of perfection, Christ sometimes asks me to just get out of the way.
To attempt to save by the power of Chris rather than the power of Christ makes me an enemy of the cross. To try to perfect in the flesh what was perfected in faith makes me a skeptic of the power of grace. I’m reminded that Jesus loves giving us grace. God loves showing us mercy. If he does, then I should too. Thank you Jesus, for coming to my rescue when I was incapable of saving myself. My prayer is that I would become less, and that you would become MORE! That by the power of Christ, Chris can see people be transformed and rescued by the love of God.
— (via jjajangmyun92)
2,000 years ago, Jesus turned water into wine. And ever since then people have been trying to turn it back into water.
— (via jspark3000)
For the past few months, I’ve been conflicted with many issues concerning faith, spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit, tongues, worship, music, order, theology, goals, purpose, and the lot. Wrestling with these ideas leaves me exhausted, trying to outline the good & the bad, the right & the wrong. I just end up feeling defeated because I can’t reconcile a definitive answer to these issues. Turns out that things aren’t as black and white as I’d been taught all my life. Yes, there are DEFINITE no-no’s in the Bible, but so many issues become heavily debated and chasms have been created when really, they’re peripheral issues.
Sometimes people just like to argue, bickering back and forth to find out what the “truth” is — or perhaps “more importantly” to prove a point. Maybe people like to argue because they just want to win. If we were not so concerned about being right and if we were willing to surrender our stubbornness and pride, there wouldn’t be so many shoddy theologies being held as truths, and a lot less people would be hurt by the church.
I just want to get to the heart of everything. I want to get to the heart and the furnace of God’s great, great love. I’ll work my way from there.
(drafted MANY months ago; wanted to add more but forgot what to add at this point.)
— John Piper (via jspark3000)