Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Released from Performance

I shared yesterday that the one book I spent time reading during my staycation was One Way Love by Tullian Tchvidjian. I should finish it soon and hopefully will find time to write a review on this book. I love the writing and ministry of Tullian. He so adequately explains the freeing nature of what Jesus accomplished through His perfect life, horrifying death, and glorious resurrection. It is one topic that I need to continually keep in my mind.

What I love about this book is that he writes against performancism. He tries to show how the gospel cures the need or desire to perform so that God would accept us. That thought is two-way love, not one-way love. But the gospel says that He pursues and releases us from the need to perform. That's comforting in my life. 

This short quote really summarizes what this book is all about. I particularly hope his articulation of the gospel helps release you like it does me.
"The idea that there is an unconditional love that relieves the pressure, forgives our failures, and replaces our fear with faith seems too good to be true. Longing for hope in a world of hype, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the news we have been waiting for all our lives: God loves real people like you and me, which He demonstrated by sending His real Son to set real people free. 
Jesus came to liberate us from the weight of having to make it on our own, from the demand to measure up. He came to emancipate us from the burden to get it all right, from the obligation to fix ourselves, find ourselves, and free ourselves. Jesus came to release us from the slavish need to be right, rewarded, regarded, and respected. Because Jesus came to set the captives free, life does not have to be a tireless effort to establish ourselves, justify ourselves, and validate ourselves. 
The Gospel of Jesus Christ announces that because Jesus was strong for you, you're free to be weak. Because Jesus won for you, you're free to lose. Because Jesus was Someone, you're free to be no one. Because Jesus was extraordinary, you're free to be ordinary. Because Jesus succeeded for you, you're free to fail. One way to summarize God's message to the worn out and weary is like this--God's demand: 'be righteous'; God's diagnosis: 'no one is righteous'; God's deliverance: 'Jesus is our righteousness.' Once this good news grips your heart, it changes everything. It frees you from having to be perfect. It frees you from having to hold it all together. In the place of exhaustion, you might even find energy." (36-37)

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