Mar16FriImperfect Disciple March 16, 2018
Our CPR reading for this week, in the one book regimen, has us engaging with the chapter titled “The Nine Irrefutable Laws of Followship.”
In this chapter the nine rules correspond with the fruit of the Spirit. For this post I’m simply going to list the fruit of the Spirit and some corresponding quotations from The Imperfect Disciple. Enjoy!
“Only the gospel orients our love appropriately, because only the gospel reminds us that we are more sinful than we realize (humbling us to see that, apart from Christ, we are just as needy as anybody else and thus have no justification for self-interest) and that we are more loved than we know (empowering us to see that the grace that has saved us is the meaning of the universe and therefore ought to be shared with everyone)” (155).
“We think joy is a feeling. In a way, it is. But in the Bible joy is both a command of the law and an implication of the gospel” (155).
“God is not expecting us to muster up happiness in him from the void of some nebulous religious inclinations, from the black hole of our empty emotional reservoir. He puts the joy inside of us that he demands from us. What grace! “These things I have spoken to you,” Jesus says, “that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). I want a full joy. How about you? When we come to see that Christ, through his gospel, satisfies the root of every desire, we get this joy, which we have been previously seeking everywhere but in Christ” (157).
The truth is there is always something to be afraid of. And the more bored you are with the things of God, the more vulnerable you will be to this fear when difficulty comes” (158).
Paul says that the Spirit grows peace inside of us. Over time, as we walk with Jesus, we begin to see more and more of the ways he is loving us and more and more of the ways he is working in the world, and the cross looms more largely over our sin and the empty tomb looms more largely over the mess and dysfunction of the world. And the impulse to rest in him becomes more immediate. The heart’s “muscle memory” toward the gospel gets quicker and stronger” (159).
“At its root, impatience is confusion about control. Impatience is the rotten fruit of self-sovereignty. We are impatient because people and circumstances do not tend to operate as if we are the center of the universe” (159).
“The more we experience the kindness of God in and through our own repentance, the more kindness we find to afford others. To be unkind to others, in fact, is to disbelieve God’s kindness and to spit on it. For a follower of Jesus to be unkind to others is to depict Jesus as unkind. But indeed, because the almighty God has provided us with his inexhaustible kindness, we find an ever-deepening well of kindness for others” (163).
“In ourselves none of us stands justified. In Christ we are justified. In the gospel his goodness becomes ours” (166).
“I hope you are beginning to get the point. All the things God commands of Christians he himself supplies in abundance. Every demand put upon us by God is a binding demand; we aren’t to shirk our responsibilities or grow passive in our pursuit of holiness. But every demand put upon us by God is ultimately and Spiritually fulfilled in us by God himself as he is determined, for his own glory, to deliver us to himself as righteous. This is no less true of the very faith that God requires to be in relationship with him” (166).
“As I get older, I see more of my own sin and thus become more humble. As I get older, I see more of my own flaws and thus become more patient. As I get older, I see more of my own weakness and slowness and inadequacy and thus become more gentle” (168).
“The McDonald’s drive-through lane is where self-control goes to die” (171)