I find that hardline policies and rules don’t necessarily produce discerning, godly disciples. Lord, help us, and grant us wisdom in a spirit of humility, truth, and love.
I went along this Sunday to a service where I knew the preacher was and has been preaching on what we would call ” hyper grace.” It is always good to hear first hand and living in Kansas, we have every kind of church here so one can check out these teaching’s for one’s self. Listening to the sermon, I was reminded of an analogy given by Tozer I believe. He talked about a man of God who loved God and studied His Word all of his life and mined the depths of it and always pursued a deeper more intimate walk with the Lord. Near his death in old age, he proclaimed that the more he knew about God, the less he knew about God. Just how vast and ultimately unknowable He was to us mere mortals in this flesh, although He fills our minds and our hearts and…
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Is it the way she walks and talks, the way her dresses fall perfectly on her gorgeous curvatures? Is it the desire in her eyes, the one that moves your "inner man" the way the turning stick handles the eba?
Jesus’ message is not a message of safety from the storm alone. That is the human perspective. He goes beyond that. He is telling us we are above the storm, and that is actually how we ought to live.
Neil Armstrong probably felt really great taking those steps out there, but it could not have been anywhere near the feeling a man can have walking on water unaided. Peter was a fisherman, with great swimming skills probably. Getting into water for him as a human meant taking a dive. This time, because Jesus had ordered it, he went feet first.
Today we hear "Come to Jesus and He'll give you all the stuff". Back then, it seemed more to me like "Drop all the stuff and come to Jesus". I mean, look at every single disciple He invited to join Him. They were all dropping stuff. And I just always wondered what exactly was it with Jesus that could compel full-grown men to abandon everything they ever knew to follow a man they never knew.
All in all, surrendering to Jesus is not an easy human feat. It does not follow any human logic we have, and totally defies all intellect. But the moment you are able to think besides yourself for a little while, and think about the end of it all, this life I mean, you will see the relevancy and admissibility of Jesus Christ. It only requires that you become "ordinary".