Tuesday, December 25, 2012

love came down || life


Immanuel. God with us. 

Prince of Peace. 
Wonderful Counsellor. 
Mighty God. 
Everlasting Father.

"How is it then that we've come to image that Christianity consists primarily in what we do for God? How has this come to be the good news of Jesus? Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women who go to church on Sunday, take an annual spiritual retreat, read their Bibles every now and then, vigorously oppose abortion, don't watch x-rated movies, never use vulgar language, smile a lot, hold doors open for people, root for the favourite team, and get along with everybody? Is that why Jesus went through the bleak and bloody horror of Calvary? Is that why He emerged in shattering glory from the tomb? Is that why He poured out His Holy Spirit on the church? To make nicer men and women with better morals? 
The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind; to make brand-new creations. Not to make people with better morals, but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, me and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the centre of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the centre of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love." (Brennan Manning - The Furious Longing of God)

BE with people.
Spend time with them.
Give them the gift of your presence. 


4 comments:

  1. I read this book and these words burn my heart each time I read them!

    Merry Christmas Hannah

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  2. Merry (belated) Christmas. :) Hope you and your family enjoyed a great one, Hannah. :)

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