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Lifelines.
This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 29 – The Explicit Gospel

the explicit gospelI’ve been reading The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler for a couple days now and I love this book. The easy read is solid truth and I wanted to share a little chunk with you. It copied funny from the PDF (which you can get by clicking here), but you’ll still get it.

I restrained myself from “bolding” anything, because I want the Spirit to show you what He wants you to see, not what Sophie thought was really important.

May God give us grace to see God for who He is.

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It has been my experience that most evangelicals believe
Christians are in a bargaining position. We carry an insidious prosperity gospel around in our dark, little, entitled hearts. We come to the throne and say, “I’ll do this, and you’ll do that. And if I do this
for you, then you’ll do that for me.”
In the end God says, “You keep trying to pay me off with stuff that’s already mine.” Some of us even try to bargain with our lives.
But God says, “Please. I’ll take that life if I want it. I’m God.”
We presume upon our service. “I’ll serve you, God!” we say.
But he replies, “I’m not served by human hands as though I need anything (Acts 17:25). What are you going to do, give me something to eat? What are you going to do, paint my house? What are you going to give to me, as if I’m lacking?”

The profitable result in these exchanges is the revealing of idolatry and pride within us. We want to live as though the Christian life is a 50/50 project we undertake with God, like faith is some kind
of cosmic vending machine. And we’re reinforced in this idolatry
by bad preachers, by ministers with no respect for the Scriptures,
by talking heads who teach out of emotion instead of texts, who
tickle ears with no evident fear of the God who curses bringers of
alternative gospels (Gal. 1:8–9). He owes us nothing.
And we have nothing to give to him that he doesn’t already
own outright.

The customary response to this, of course, is to ask about the
place of following God and serving his cause. There is plenty of
call for this in the Bible. But the reality is that all God has to do is
reveal himself to you, and you’ll gladly join the mission in service
to his kingdom. He doesn’t force the issue; he just has to reveal
himself as he is: mighty, wondrous, gracious, loving, and radically
saving. No man goes back to saltine crackers when he’s had “let
mignon.

And even this truth is further revelation of God’s grace, because
it shows that he doesn’t need us; rather, he wants us. When we who
call ourselves Christians realize how utterly self-sufficient God is
all within himself—the three in one—the gift of Christ to us and
for us becomes all the more astonishing. And we will want it this
way. Because a God who is ultimately most focused on his own
glory will be about the business of restoring us, who are all broken
images of him. His glory demands it. So we should be thankful for
a self-sufficient God whose self-regard is glorious.

-Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel, God’s Perfect Self-Sufficiency, pp. 30-32

4 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 29 – The Explicit Gospel

  1. whittmadden says:

    I would like to highlight this section that really spoke to my heart “In the end God says, “You keep trying to pay me off with stuff that’s already mine.”

    Yep, yep. That’s me. You should consider changing your Monday Morning Munch to Monday Morning Conviction.

    1. Hahaha, Whitty!

      That was one of the biggest things that hit me as well.

  2. monicaxorjuela says:

    “he doesn’t need us; rather, he wants us.” and “Because a God who is ultimately most focused on his own glory will be about the business of restoring us, who are all broken
    images of him. His glory demands it.”

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    1. Ahh, yes!! It’s so great! And you’re welcome, I’m so glad the Lord encouraged you with it! 🙂

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