Two weeks immersed in classes, and am experiencing all of those terms that I make fun of hipsters for using:
I find myself undone.
Because if what I’m learning is true, it turns everything upside down.
Sin gets so much airtime. But here’s the rub: Sin is not the MAIN THING.It shouldn’t take center stage?
What if Love took center stage, as Jesus intended?
If it’s true – this grace-based Gospel – then we can do nothing to mitigate the furious love of our father.
If it’s true that the Kingdom of God is within us, we need to stop looking for him elsewhere.
If it’s true, we need to stop trying to invoke the presence of Holy Spirit in our worship. He is already here.
If it’s true (and my Spirit tells me it IS, it’s gloriously, wonderfully, life-givingly TRUE!) then perhaps we should start spreading this amazing news. Gospel = GOOD NEWS.
I’ve been a Christian most of my life, and have never appreciated true Grace and the love of our Triune God.
Not the good news that comes with a disclaimer at the bottom for full legal disclosure. (Has anyone seen my can of “LAW BE GONE? I’m sure I left it right here next to my Self Condemnation Deflator….hmmmm.)
Not the news that Jesus loves you but you’d better get your act together before you try to follow him, or you’ll make us all look bad.
The neat and tidy Jesus of Vacation Bible School is not gazing out into the atmosphere, but at YOU. Right now. He is looking upon you adoringly.
It is finished.
He is here. He is here in this messy, screwed-up, fallen, trainwreck of a planet because he just cannot get close enough to YOU.
He walks among us, inhabits us, throws mercy on us, guides us, cradles us. LOVES US. People really need to hear this, ya’ll.
Yeah, I’m thinking Seminary is really going to mess with my head.
And I simply cannot wait to get to know my Papa better. I hope you don’t mind too terribly much if I blog about the experience here?
God bless us, every one.