Thursday, April 24, 2008
This is my last post on Authentic Relationships by Wayne and Clay Jacobsen. A great little find and probably a good study book for a group.
A quote from Larry Crabb similar to one that I like that is as far as I know anonymous.
"We are not our problems. We are not our wounds. We are not our sins. We are persons of radical worth and unrevealed beauty."
Not sure where I heard this but it has stuck. My treasure....Christ only, everything else dung.
"You, my friend, are an awesome spirit being of incredible worth and value, fully loved, no matter what."
Philippians 3:8-12 The Message
7-9 The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I'm tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I've dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn't want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God's righteousness.
10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.
Focused on the Goal
12-14 I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.