Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Gospel Breaks The Chains

"Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." - Proverbs 25:25

     It's been a long and tiring day with work and other errands to get done, and I'm off to bed in a few minutes after having had a soothing shower. I'm still reading Tullian Tchividjian's "Jesus + Nothing = Everything", and am just coming to the half-way mark. I've been contemplating it's refreshing exploration of the Gospel through the day, and came back to a paragraph in the first chapter that is brings peace and reassurance as this day comes to and end. I wanted to share it here:

    "That June morning was when Jesus plus nothing equals everything - the gospel - became for me more than a theological passion, more than a cognitive catch-phrase. It became my functional lifeline. Rediscovering the gospel enabled me to see that:

    because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak;
    because Jesus won for me, I was free to lose;
    because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one;
    because Jesus was extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary;
    because Jesus suceeded for me, I was free to fail."

 - Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus + Nothing = Everything

    I need to soak in these words as I hit the bed. I need them because in them I recognize my need for Jesus. His Gospel breaks the chains. This is good news, and a cup of cold water. Speaking of which, I'm going to drink some and go to bed. It's going to be an early day tomorrow. Good night!

Grace and peace to you.
- The Wisdom Seeker