Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Secret of Maturity

"The gospel's secret of maturity is this: we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and focus more on all that God has already done for us. That's the irony of the gospel, and we find it throughout the Bible. It's unavoidable, inescapable.  we actually perform better in life as we grow in understanding that our relationship with God is based on Christ's performance for us, not on our performance for him. We mature more when we focus less on our performance for Jesus and more on Jesus' performance for us, as we sing: Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling. It's Jesus plus nothing equals everything."

              - Tullian Tchvidjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything, page 185