Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thought for the Week

A quote from one of my favorite 20th century Christian leaders, the Methodist Missionary Statesman, E. Stanley Jones:

God met life as you and I meet it - as a person, Jesus.  Jesus called on no power not at our disposal for his own moral battles.  He performed no miracle to extricate himself from any difficulty.  If Jesus had power, holding it only for the meeting of human need in others.  He never performed a miracle just to show power or to confound an [human] enemy.  Jesus lived a normal life, so normal that it became the norm.  He dwelt among us as one of his...."He has visited and redeemed his people" (Luke 1:58).  The only way to redeem God's people was to visit them...Jesus dwelt among us - amid our poverty, amid our temptations, amid our problems and choices, amid our opposition and disappointments.  He lived among us and showed us how to live by living... We cannot say our prayers to a principle, nor worship an axiom....Prayer and worship is a response on the part of the person to the Person.  So principles let you down unless they are embodied.
Hat tip, BW3

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