Devotional Thoughts from The Magnificent Story

    Aug 31, 2021 | by James Smith

    Cornelius Plantinga refers to the fall as the “vandalism of shalom.” We know there is sin and brokenness in our world and in our hearts. But we also know that Jesus started a revolution. He is the greatest revolutionary who has ever lived. Dallas Willard described in this way: “The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.” Dallas’s prayer, one that he said so often, was “I pray that you would have a rich life of joy and power, abundant in supernatural results, with a constant clear vision of never-ending life in God’s world before you, and the everlasting significance of your work day by day, and that you would live a radiant life and a radiant death.” 

    This is a coherent vision of the world, a goal to die for, a call to fraternity, and a call to mission. When we hear and enter the magnificent story, we are embarking on a magnificent journey. On this journey we become people who know, people of faith, people of hope, people of joy, people of peace, people of wisdom, and people of power. Jesus said a good tree will bear good fruit. Living into the story makes us good trees, and thus we will, without effort, bear good fruit. And finally, we will embark on a magnificent mission. As apprentices of the most revolutionary revolutionist, Jesus, we will be called and sent by the master Storyteller to bring the good news to the captives, the blind, and the imprisoned. 

    It will be magnificent.

                                                                            James Bryan Smith, excerpt page 151

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