“God doesn’t want religious duty. He doesn’t want a distracted, half-hearted “Fine, I’ll read a chapter…now are You happy?” attitude. God wants His word to be a delight to us, so much so that we meditate on it day and night.”—Francis Chan | Crazy Love (via nonelikejesus)
“You cannot serve the Most High without trusting Him totally, for there always comes a time when He will put you to the test. He will have all of you or nothing at all. There can be no middle ground. It is a demand He makes of his followers.”—Stephen Lawhead
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”—2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Shedding his own blood. This is how the lamb fights. This is how the lamb redeems. This is how the lamb wins.
Jesus just does things differently. There’s a love in him that makes his every action a surprising, creative and rebellious shock to our conventional fallen way of thinking. And at the same time, there’s an invitation to actually become one of these creative, surprising rebellers.
“Until Jesus Christ is the obsession of your heart, you’ll always be looking to mere men to meet needs that only He can fill. Only when you make Jesus Christ your first love, will you be ready for a love story that reflects His glory.”—Leslie Ludy
“You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”—Psalm 51:16-17