Surrendering to the Mystery of the Fire

“When all Christians surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within; when we submit to the saving truth that we reach life only through death, that we come to light only through darkness; when we acknowledge that the grain of wheat must fall into the ground and die, that Jonah must be buried in the whale’s belly, that the alabaster jar of self must be broken if others are to perceive the sweet fragrance of Christ; when we respond to Jesus’s call of ‘Come to me,’ then the limitless power of the Holy Spirit will be unleashed with astonishing force upon the church and the world” (Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus).

How cool would it be if that were to happen? How amazing would it be if all whose who belong to Jesus fully embraced their identities as sons and daughters and chose to live out of the power of the resurrection? What if I actually lived out all the time what I confess to believe?

I can’t imagine, but what comes to mind goes something like “Eye has not seen not ear heard what God has prepared for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

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