“The battle is not against other people and their beliefs, their behaviour or their rituals. The battle is against our own self-interest, our own selfishness, our own desire for comfort and convenience. It’s also against our own desire to be more righteous than another person is.”
‘We cannot fix ourselves. We are imperfect human beings yet we are perfect in God’s eyes; We don’t have to be in a perfect place to find the joy that God has laid out for us.’
‘The revelation of who Jesus is, in all its magnitude and transforming wonder comes to us from God himself. It doesn’t matter about the time, place or circumstance or our agenda. When we realise the magnitude of who Jesus is, it changes everything….’
“To be sustainable in our activism, in our service, we must invest in self-care.When we make time for self-care, we are investing in God’s Kingdom.”
“We can live in the knowledge that He is with us and the difference that it can make”.
“Live for others and not yourself and it will result in you living the most radically counter-cultural lifestyle you can imagine.”
“Am I willing to identify who is the ‘other’ to me and love them as myself? It is when I am willing to conceive that ‘they’ could be ‘me’ that the convenient bubble of certainty begins to burst… may all our bubbles be burst.”
Holiness is to be different in the light that we bring
It’s choosing to be with people where the conversation doesn’t flow naturally, where there are cultural barriers to overcome, where you don’t have the shared experiences and perspectives on life that make relationships easy. It’s choosing to persist when it’s hard, tiring, confusing and when what you’re seeing and hearing doesn’t fit nicely into the paradigm you started with. It’s allowing that to shape or even blow apart the way you once saw the world.
This is love and this is what is supposed to set us apart. It is not the path of least resistance, as Jesus found out.
Love is always harder than segregation. Inclusion is always harder than safe distance – because it challenges the way you’ve made sense of the world.”
Dying to ourselves and rising to life in Christ is more than just a theological statement, dying and rising is part of a rhythm of life as Christians…How prepared are we to set aside our position, our pride or our prejudices so that other people may flourish?’