Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tim Chester on how we change

We become Christians by faith in Jesus, we stay Christians by faith in Jesus, and we grow as Christians by faith in Jesus ...

Grace wins our hearts ...

[W]e need a kind of re-conversion every day. ... Each day we turn afresh in faith and repentance towards God. We rediscover our first love all over again so that we're not tempted into spiritual adultery. 'The key to continual and deeper spiritual renewal and revival is the continual re-discovery of the gospel'.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens would sing enchanting songs, drawing sailors irresistibly towards the rocks and certain shipwreck. Odysseus filled his crew's ears with wax and had them tie him to the mast. This is like the approach of legalism. We bind ourselves up with laws and disciplines in a vain attempt to resist temptation. Orpheus, on the other hand, played such beautiful music on his harp that his sailors ignored the seductions of the Siren song. This is the way of faith. The grace of the gospel sings a far more glorious song that the enticements of sin, if only we have faith to hear its music.
Tim Chester You Can Change 49, 56, 64-65

image is by noe_carrillo at flickr

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