It's no miracle to earn your way back to God. It's no miracle to repeat your life over and over until you've reach entitlement. The real miracle is a relationship reconciled across an impossible divide.
We might do well to ignore categories—all the categories that keep people in and keep people out. But Jesus went further. He didn't ignore categories, he went through the categories and dignified everyone we try to classify. Why?
Saving the world won't look like conquering the world or homogenizing the world or debating the world or ignoring the world. Saving the world will look like serving the world.
Whatever you believe about him or what he claimed, you have to notice how odd his life and death were when compared to the founders of every other world religion. Islam, Buddhism, Scientology, Taoism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism...all catalyzed by unique people, but Jesus is far and away an anomaly.
I don't want to pray like a good little boy. I want prayers that make me nervous. I want prayers that, if God says "YES", can only be explained as an act of God. I'm done believing in a BIG God and expecting such a small story.
Through the eyes of grace, every defeat looks like a victory waiting to happen.
What we say changes the way we think. The way we think becomes the way we live. Saying "WOW" in prayer changes the way we think about God and every circumstance we face.
There is one reason—and only one—the most strictly spiritual, educated, devoted people were the least likely to hear God when they heard Jesus. That one reason is still jamming up the frequency today.
Prayer isn't a conversation like we're used to. We say things, we can HEAR ourselves saying things, but we can't hear God saying things. But that doesn't mean He's not speaking...constantly. Maybe hearing Him—and knowing Him—is about where to look and far easier than we think.
The silence of God is the perfect space to extract out everything God wants to re-work in our souls.