I’ve just completed the first draft of a new writing project I’m very excited about.
Sadly, I’ve been told by shadowy forces that I can’t tell you what I’m doing. Which is a lovely irony. On those occasions when I’m completely free to tell you what I’m doing, I generally don’t have a clue.
In any event, I don’t think it’s giving too much away to say that in researching [mysterious and exciting writing project], I came across this memorably taut expression of gospel truth by John Stott:
“The essence of sin is we human beings substituting ourselves for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for us. We…put ourselves where only God deserves to be; God…puts himself where we deserve to be.” [The Cross of Christ, p.160]
“The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us. ”
― A.W. Tozer
I love that quotation.
It’s a Galatians 2:20 truth I wrestle with everyday. I plead in prayer, “Lord God, please kill me today.” And the moment He answers, I fight to live. The absurdity of my own bewildering nature confounds me. Yet He loves me, which is far more perplexing. I’m desperately grateful. And utterly selfish.