I just finished reading an amazing book: Surprised By Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit Of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian.
The following is an excerpt from the last page:
“There is a story told from the Civil War days before America’s slaves were freed, about a northerner who went to a slave auction and purchased a young slave girl. As they walked away from the auction, the man turned to the girl and told her, “You’re free.”
With amazement, she responded, “You mean I’m free to do whatever I want?”
“Yes,” he said to her.
“And to say whatever I want to say?”
“And to be whatever I want to be?”
“And even go wherever I want to go?”
“Yes,” he answered with a smile. “You’re free to go wherever you’d like.”
She looked at him intently and replied, “Then I will go with you.”
Jesus has come to the slave market. He came to us there because we could not go to Him. He came and purchased us with His blood so we would no longer be a slave to sin but a slave to Christ, which is the essence of freedom.
And there’s no freer place to be in life than going with Him…the One who is Himself our true liberty.” —p. 182
Do yourself a favor and buy this book today.
It is that rare book that is at once deeply and mercifully convicting but also incredibly liberating.
Open the pages of this book and take a journey straight into the center of your heart. Discover the ways you might be running from God. See the storms in your life as His mercy, not His punishment. Experience the softening of your stubborn heart. Ask for forgiveness. Than watch your life become a fountain of gratitude for the amazing grace of the One who loves you too much to allow you to stay where you are.
When you close this book, you will give thanks anew for the breathtaking and scandalous grace of Jesus, who relentlessly and lovingly pursues sinners like you and me, offering us the sheer beauty of redemption and new life.
There is Hope and Life and Light and Freedom…and His Name is Jesus.