Now that I'm back in Miami, I have been reunited with my wonderful library of books. Awh makes me so giddy inside! One of my all-time favorite books is The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne. He says something that is oh so true: "Perhaps the most dangerous place for a Christian to be is in safety and comfort."I want to share a small excerpt of his book with you.
"These days, not many people stand before God with their knees knocking. The scriptures say that the demons believe in Jesus and they "shudder" (James 2:19), but even most Christians don't shudder anymore when they think of Jesus; it has all grown so ordinary and stale. FOr most of my life, there wasn't much to shudder over, except hell. And now the tables have turned. It's God who makes the demons of hell shudder. I'm not scared of hell. Hell's a hard thing to grasp, but I now how much I want folks to experience God's love and grace, and I know how much more good God is than me, so that helps me rest pretty confidently. Besides, Jesus assures Peter that "the gates of hell will not prevail against the church." So it's not hell that makes me shudder but God, because I have no idea what in the world God's going to dare me to do next.On the one hand, the shuddering is like that of new lovers--giddy, obsessed, infatuated. Any portrait of or story about our new lover that we can get our hands on, we cling to. Whenever someone mentions his or her name, our eyes twinkle and our hearts jump--that kind of shudder. Jesus, the one I long to fall asleep cuddling with, run off into the woods with, live and die with--my lover. On the other hand, it is a shiver of awestruck wonder. I have no idea what's going to happen next--just throw my ands in the air and hold on, like riding a good roller coaster."
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, Page 228-229
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