Learning how to live

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Jesus rarely “takes the wheel.”
Being co-laborers with God
means we get choices.
God wants to teach us
how to drive.

–Jonathan Martin

A trail of bread crumbs

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Whenever we experience
something truly beautiful,
it’s as if someone is leaving
a trail of breadcrumbs to the place
where we are fully known and fully loved.
Our task is to follow the bread crumbs
to see where they lead.

–Jonathan Martin
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Excessive grace

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It is a gift to be scandalized by Jesus.
When grace seems excessive
and love is absurd – we finally
are beginning to fathom the gospel.

–Jonathan Martin

He never forgot who He was

 

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“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, NJKV).

These were the words of God Himself, and though only a handful, they were the most important words that Jesus would ever hear. These words were spoken before the oppressed and diseased were healed. They were spoken before He preached the Sermon on the Mount. They were spoken before He turned water into win or walked on water . . .

The trajectory of Jesus’ life and
(in a real sense) the fate of the world
hung on those few words.

They were not the words of a Father celebrating the good things His Son had done, because hadn’t really done anything yet. Even though Jesus was perfect, it wasn’t His perfection that brought the Father such delight. It was His very existence.

The language of God’s passion litters the pages of the Old Testament – the word beloved is scattered through the stories of my human lives. But now, for the first time in human history, a man had come who really believed that He was the beloved of God, one who would always remember and would make every decision of His life based on the truth of those words.

Jesus was like us in many ways. Scripture says He was “in all points tempted as we are.” But of all the ways He was different from us, perhaps this is the most crucial one: Jesus never forgot who He was.

–Jonathan Martin
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Nothing to prove

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When we know we are loved by God,
we don’t have to prove
anything to anyone.
There is nothing we can do
to make ourselves more beloved
than we are.

–Jonathan Martin
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