Loving the San Francisco Bay Area... Community development, urban ministry, trying to defeat poverty, faith, religion, politics, good music, the quest for the perfect pizza, the Yankees, motorcycles... All in a 'day's life'
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Book - "God in the Flesh"
I picked up this book at the UYWI conference last May. "God in the Flesh" is by an IV guy, Don Everts. I've been impacted by it's call to focus on Jesus again in our Christian life. Sometimes the 'work' of religion so eclipses Jesus... Here's a great quote,
" We should grab a copy of the Gospel, sit under a tree and read. Spend and afternoon breathing in the foreign air of Jesus. We should let ourselves roam through Jesus' little parables and let them shock us. We should allow ourselves to so study the life of Jesus that we become captivated and entrenched in the subtle details and intense themes we find there.
We should hold church services and relentlessly pull our eyes back to Him, the center of our faith. We should lift up his name often and speak to each other about how his life and manner have been affecting us lately." pp 47-48
I remember growing up how focused on Jesus I was. It was simple - an almost 'fundamental' faith. But as I've grown older things like sin, ministry, church, fund raising, politics (church and state), networking, bills... (the list goes on) have taken that simple Christ centered faith and focused it on me. I want to get back to, as the author of Hebrews says, "Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and protector of our faith."