â€œHands down, Jesus has drawn more attention and interest than anyone who has ever breathed the air of this planet.â€
The author invites us into a deeper examination of what â€œSimply Jesus And Youâ€ might mean, â€œwhat does it really mean to enter into a relationship with Godâ€™s Son? What does it mean to invite Him into our lives?â€
Answering his own question he expands, â€œA relationship with Jesus is not about us. Itâ€™s about Him. He didnâ€™t die for us to advance His cause or hawk His wares. He died for you because He loves you, and seeks to welcome us into a growing and satisfying fellowship with Him. And it is in the confines of that fellowship that He graciously and generously bestows the blessings and benefits that only He can provide.â€
Stowell extends an olive branch of clarity, â€œSo welcome back to the pursuit! Itâ€™s an adventure that you will not regret. If your heart has told you there must be something more to following Jesus than orbiting around His brightness at a safe distance, you are right.â€
â€œAnd just in case you think that a closer relationship with Jesus is about some kind of rigid morning routine, some tedious-but-essential religious exercise, think again.â€
While regular Bible study and cultivating a life of prayer are indispensable, there is far more to a personal experience with Jesus. â€” Itâ€™s about a deep and abiding sense of His nearness on the journey. â€” Itâ€™s about an unshakable confidence that only His abiding presence can give. â€” Itâ€™s about courage in the face of previously intimidating encounters. â€” Itâ€™s about access to wisdom and unfailing guidance. â€”Itâ€™s about a closeness that enables your spirit to commune with Him, anywhere, anytime, regardless. â€” Itâ€™s about meeting Him in places you may have never dreamed ofâ€¦in the most heated of seductions, in the midst of suffering, and in acts of unflinching surrender.
I agree with the author, that â€œThere is a marvelously mystical aspect to all this. You canâ€™t wrap words around it. You canâ€™t put it in a box and tie it up with a red ribbon. When you try to fully define it, you degrade itâ€¦ (and that) Jesus is never predictable.â€
I struggle the assertion that Jesus is â€œJust totally available.â€ Jesus does not appear to be standing next to me as I type this.
While I accept the theological statement that Jesus is omnipresent, my ability to understand â€œtotally availableâ€ is not omni-anything.
Jesus is surely â€œtotally availableâ€ to God, but I am ignorant: â€“ muted by my moods â€“ stunted by my lack of spiritual sensitivity â€“ deafened by my defenses â€“ blinded by my (mis)beliefs
Stowell understands our struggle, â€œto many of us (Jesus) seems so illusiveâ€¦The great news is that Jesus is there, patiently waiting for you. In fact, He not only waits, but is also at this very moment busily pursuing you.â€
I enjoyed this book and I think that you will too.
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