Daily Text - Seedbed

Doing good is the fruit, but if it would represent the work of Jesus it must come from knowing him, which is the root.

Being like Jesus doesn’t begin with behavior but beholding. It cannot be sustained by mere imitation, it requires impartation.

Behold the stunning sweep of the gospel: Darkness and death give way to light and life. This is what God does, because it is who God is.

Jesus sets us free from the penalty of sin, and even better, he sets us free from the power of sin.

The hardest thing we will ever do is to settle our undivided allegiance to Jesus. It will cost us our idealism, our idolatries, and our ideologies.

The water that once gushed from the rock now flowed like a river of living water forever quenching the thirsty souls of a parched people.

In our fallen state we crave certainty because with it we can grasp at control. But Truth will not be controlled.

Jesus' work is revealing and winning people to himself. He will do it with signs and wonders where he wants to. He does it primarily in and through our relationships.

Everyone was looking for Jesus. No one realized he was already there. People were talking about him everywhere. No one realized he was listening in.

Jesus refuses the public captivity of celebrity. He hides himself in the nature of a servant.

One word captures what Jesus is looking for from his followers: union.

Jesus reveals a completely different kind of life—eternal life. It is different in quality, quantity, depth, love, and power.

Chances are if we are not following alongside the kind of people now who followed Jesus then we are probably not following Jesus, but some variety of establishment religion.

Jesus is not God's solutions to all of our problems. Jesus is God's gift of himself to us.

The work of God, which is the will of God, is the fruit of Jesus' love for us.

It was Jesus' extraordinary success, and the ever-present agenda of the world in light of this success, that moved him to flee into the haven of his Father's fellowship.

That's the secret of the Kingdom of King Jesus—we don't have to be enough. We only have to be His.

The test of Jesus is always to bring us to the end of ourselves, to the places of impossibility, where we finally come to grips with our limitations.

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