May 18, 2011

A Place for Weakness - Chapters 3 & 4

We're continuing the discussion of A Place for Weakness: Preparing Yourself for Suffering over at Elizabeth's.

Not much time here today, but I wanted to share a favorite quote from each chapter.

...from Chapter 3

...those who demand heaven on earth here and now - instant health, wealth, happiness, or holiness - often become the most embittered, hostile, and disillusioned critics of Christianity. Whether it is perfect bodies, perfect sanctification, perfect success, perfect marriages, perfect children, perfect security, perfect churches - whatever- we must abandon this theology of glory instead of abandoning the God who works all things together for good. ~p. 48

...and from Chapter 4

It wouldn't have shocked most Christians in other ages, but it definitely catches us by surprise. God does not exist for us; we exist for God. In our human-centered age, we tend to measure God and his purposes by what we calculate as most beneficial for us. With this starting point, the whole horizon of sin, judgment, salvation, and damnation becomes reduced to our happiness. It's not surprising that God's wrath and everlasting judgment fall off the radar. pp. 65-66
Go to Elizabeth's to join the discussion on this thought-provoking book by Michael Horton.

1 comment:

Lisa notes... said...

You’ve captured well the gist of both chapters in these two quotes. What I keep hearing over and over is: it’s not about me, it’s about God. And that’s what I NEED to hear over and over. There is peace and joy in it being about Him.