Bought by the Blood

November 30, 2010

He Must Become Greater and I must become Lesser

When we realize that he’s God and we’re not- that he’s massive and we’re minute – that’s all it takes for us to become a part of great and powerful God things…God does everything through those who understand they are nothing, and God does nothing through those who think they are something. As G.K. Chesterton put it, “how much larger your life would be if yourself could become smaller in it.”

This makes Christianity a unique and liberating breath of fresh air. Why? Because this world values the dominant, not the defeated.  Everything in this world cater to the beautiful people.  Our world says that for you to be valuable you must be healthy, attractive, prosperous and influential.  To be useful, you must become powerful.  The world and all its religions says, “you must become great before you can do great.” But the story of Jonah shows us that in God’s eyes, and in Christianity, weakness precedes usefulness.– Tullian Tchividjian

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November 27, 2010

Gospel Centered Living

Jesus came to shows us that the gospel explains success in terms of giving, not taking; self-sacrifice, not self-protection; going to the back, not getting to the front.  The gospel sows that we win by losing, we triumph through defeat, we achieve power through service, and we become rich by giving ourselves away.

In fact, in gospel-centered living we follow Jesus in laying down our lives for those who hate us and hurt us.  We spend our lives serving instead of being served, and seeking last place, not first.  Gospel-centered people are those who love giving up their place for others, not guarding their place from others – because their value and worth is found in Christ, not their position…

When we understand that our significance and identity are in Christ, we don’t have to win – we’re free to lose. The gospel frees us from the pressure to generate our own significance and meaning.  In Christ, our identity and significance are secure, which frees us up to give everything we have, because in Christ we have everything we need…

“God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise. God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor 1.27). The gospel is good news for losers.  Jesus lived the life we losers couldn’t live and died the death we losers should have died.

-Tullian Tchividian

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