It is possible to have a fascination with the Bible that does not lead to faith in Christ.
Effective ministry is not simply saying, “Take this Bible verse and call me in the morning."
When the funeral party is interrupted, it’s not by a power outage or someone pulling the fire alarm, but by the bridegroom calling us home to the eternal wedding celebration.
God exposed my misplaced allegiance by closing doors that, if opened, would’ve led down a path of continual self-destruction and false worship.
As flawed humans, we don’t always reflect this patient willingness to repeat ourselves.
At its best, my desire to be clever is a blessing given by a creator God who made me in his image. We long to create as a reflection of the image of God that was put in us. But at its worst, my longings for originality show a heart that says, “Did God really say?”
If bravery is to outwardly face what intimidates us, courage is being transparent enough to admit that inwardly we have many fears and wounds.
When we accept that God’s kingdom comes through hands other than our own, we’ve begun to relinquish control of our own kingdom as it’s eclipsed by his.