Thursday, January 3, 2008

The genius of Ozzie

I am reading Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest" and today I came across something interesting. He says that if we are not troubled, bothered and perplexed by the teachings of Jesus, then we have not ever been in God's presence. I had a conversation about Jesus' parables the other day. What is the purpose of these sayings? It doesn't seem that they were for clarifying (because even his disciples were clueless). It doesn't seem like they were simply analogies, (if they are, Jesus did a poor job!) Maybe we have to start with the acknowledgment that some of what Jesus teaches is not just difficult to understand, but also to put into practice.

Yet if we hunger to even begin to understand...that is when we see change, first in our hearts, then in a dying world. So are we hungry? Even to the point of starving for Jesus to change us, for God's word to speak? There has to be more to this life than what the church is living, doesn't there? This two thousand year journey has been shaping, breaking and restoring hearts for too long, for this to be all there is to it. "There must be more than this"...-Tim Hughes.

To the hungry, the starving, the aching for something transforming. To those who desire to be the city on the hill, not because of a self righteous magnification, but because they are involved in bringing change, peace and hope to a hopeless world. Seek and we will find.

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