Finished reading Brennan Manning’s book – The Furious Longing of God – over the weekend. I really enjoyed it but more than that I was challenged by it. Manning in the book has some powerful personal stories and many great illustrations for the love of God. At the end of the book there is this quote which I found powerful:
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, men 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 center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friends, is what it really means to be a Christian. Our religion never begins with what we do for God. It always starts with what God has done for us, the great and wondrous things that God dreamed of and achieved for us in Christ Jesus. – location 1452 on the Kindle
I have to be reminded of this – l am a new creation in Christ.
Any thoughts on the quote?