(One of my friends posted this on Facebook and I thought that I'd share it with you all...read it all the way through b/c the last line is a zinger)
I listened tosomewhat soon. a fiery teaching called "Missions: Affection Based Obedience". This stuff is soooooo important to own...please read and re-read (or go to itunes and listen to the teaching yourself, it's on a podcast called "firekeep" for free)
"And if ministry becomes your intimacy, you will lose the battle. We have a relationship with our dreams and our visions for God, and we find our joy in what we do for God. We don't find our joy in Christ. What we don't realize is that Christ loves us just for who we are...we get so caught up in what he wants us to do that we don't realize that God is not so concerned about the destination, but he is more concerned about walking with us on that journey. I am not what I do."
"We fear 'What if I missed the will of God?' God says, 'Even if you did nothing at all, If you didn't fulfill this prophecy or that calling, I want you to know that you are still valuable and worthy and stunning in my eyes. You are my son, my daughter, and NOTHING will ever change my LOVE for you.'"
"The highest form of obedience is affection-based obedience. All of the sudden, you love what he loves and what he loves you love. It's no longer something you have to do, it's something you're compelled to do. It's just a part of who you are. That is the kind of life I want to live."
"Most of the Christianity I was living was religion, it was not grace. Religion says, 'behave right, act like us, talk like us. Then you'll be accepted. Now believe that you're good.' But Jesus is so much different. Jesus says, 'I don't ask you to change or behave, you're already accepted. Believe that, and THEN you'll change. But I want you to know that I love you just the way you are. And even if you didn't ever get your quiet time right, or preach that sermon right, you're not living FOR my approval, you're living FROM my approval."
-Jason Ma, International House of Prayer