Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Life Jesus Would Recognize

"We don't see that the powerful changes that happen in the life of a disciple never come from the disciple working hard at doing anything.  They come from arriving at a place where Jesus is everything, and we are simply overwhelmed with the gift.  Sometimes it seems as if God loves us too much.  His love goes far beyond our ability to stop being moral, religious, obedient, and victorious, and we just collapse in his arms.

Out of the gospel that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and humanity comes a Christian life that looks like Jesus, a life Jesus would recognize.  It's a life that looks like Jesus, because Jesus does everything, and all we do is accept his gift.  And to accept his gift, we have to give up trying to be Jesus."

Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus Shaped Spirituality, page 138

Wow.  Just wow.