Friday, June 05, 2009

Quotes and Thoughts Being Used to Shape Me

Well, as you can see I don't tend to use this blog near as much as I once did. Maybe that is about to change though. For a while now I have thought about heading in a new direction (if only temporary) with this blog. Instead of just discussing topics that are running through my mind (which I am sure to continue to do), I would like to bring you quotes that have or are stimulating me. Many of these quotes are thoughts that I continue to wrestle with. Usually these will be quotes that, I believe, are being used by the Spirit to shape me. I'm not exactly sure how this is going to work. With some of these quotes I will probably give my own commentary and others I will simply leave alone. So here goes with quote no. NumBer # 1 oNe:

"In the kingdom of God, we descend into greatness."*
To me, this means that the Kingdom of God seems to be isradically different than any of the kingdoms that this world has ever seen. In this kingdom the King doesn't rule with a sword or an iron fist. Instead, Jesus rules with a towel and self-sacrificial love. To be a citizen of this Kingdom means that we imitate His example. Instead of trying to seek power over people through legislation or coercive influence, we come under them and serve them, living before them and for them the change that we want to see in them.

What does this quote mean to you?

*(Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw, Jesus for President(Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008), 123.