My friend Josh sent me this piece in a mail tonight, after we had been talking about … well, basically living the Gospel and finding ones identity in Christ alone. I will noly post the link to the site where the article comes from. But do yourself a big favour and read it, it’s very much along the lines of what we have been talking about of late (also over at Tyrell’s blog).
Here the link: http://christisdeeperstill.blogspot.com/2008/07/reformed-sociology.html
Be blessed and stay tuned, there will be more about this.
because of our compassionate God.
My pastor and friend Josh sent me this quote this morning. I was so encouraged by it that i decided to share it with you. We will have a series around that very topic soon. I am so excited!
“How can we recover the new affection for Christ and his kingdom that so powerfully impacted our life-long worldliness, and in which we crucified the flesh with its lusts?
What was it that created that first love in any case? Do you remember? It was our discovery of Christ’s grace in the realization of our own sin. We are not naturally capable of loving God for himself, indeed we hate him. But in discovering this about ourselves, and in learning of the Lord’s supernatural love for us, love for the Father was born. Forgiven much, we loved much. We rejoiced in the hope of glory, in suffering, even in God himself. This new affection seemed first to overtake our worldliness, then to master it. Spiritual realities—Christ, grace, Scripture, prayer, fellowship, service, living for the glory of God—filled our vision and seemed so large, so desirable that other things by comparison seemed to shrink in size and become bland to the taste.
The way in which we maintain ‘the expulsive power of a new affection’ is the same as the way we first discovered it. Only when grace is still ‘amazing’ to us does it retain its power in us. Only as we retain a sense of our own profound sinfulness can we retain a sense of the graciousness of grace.”