Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Unfathomable Love...

I've cracked open a new book... The Irresistible Revolution {Living as an Ordinary Radical} by Shane Claiborne.

Reading this struck me deep...
I saw the gospel with new eyes. One of the texts that had always given me trouble was John 14:12: "Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." You shall do even greater things? Here's the Son of the Almighty, God incarnate, telling us ragtag disciples that we will do the same things he has been doing. I don't know about you, but I haven't raised anyone from the dead lately. I haven't seen anyone turn water into wine. And I hadn't healed any lepers. Even though I touched them, they still went home lepers at the end of the day.
It wasn't that Jesus healed a leper but that he touched a leper, because no one touched lepers. And the incredible thing about that love is that it now lives inside of us. In the verses just after the one about the greater things, Jesus assured us that the Spirit now lives in us. Jesus says that he is going to the Father but will also remain inside of us, and we in him. We are the body of Christ, the hands and feet of Jesus to the world. Christ is living inside of you and me, walking the earth. We shall do even greater things because the love that lived in the radical Christ now lives within millions of ordinary radicals all over the planet.
~ Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution, pages 84-85.
To be an ordinary radical is to love radically... like Christ did when He walked the earth... like He still does now with His unfathomable love for each one of us!

As I was thinking this morning of what to write about on this beautiful, sunny Wednesday... {particularly something that I can share with the community over at A Holy Experience on The Practice of New Habits... as a whole community of bloggers Walk with Him, posting a spiritual practice that draws us nearer to God's heart each Wednesday....} I thought, to love radically... that is a habit that we can all practice anew each and every day!

I can't wait to read the rest of this book... it's a story of one acting justly, loving mercy, walking humbly with God! I have a feeling that God is going to be teaching me lots via this book!

Happy Wednesday, friends...
Our happiness comes, too, not in the having, but in the handing over. Give your life away in exchange for many lives, give away your blessings to multiply blessings, give away so that many might increase, and do it all for the love of God.
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I promise you will be blessed!

Unwrapping more of His love in this world.
Act justly.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with God!

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