Saturday, August 22, 2009

A CAPACITY FOR FAITHFULNESS

Though they stumble and sometimes wander, authentic disciples keep coming back

“What makes authentic disciples is not visions, ecstasies, biblical mastery of chapter and verse, or spectacular successes in ministry, but a capacity for faithfulness. Buffeted by the fickle winds of failure, battered by their own unruly emotions, and bruised by rejection and ridicule, authentic disciples may have stumbled and frequently fallen, endured lapses and relapses, gotten handcuffed to the fleshpots and wandered into a far country. Yet, they kept coming back to follow Jesus...Where sin abounded, grace much more abounded.”

— Brennan Manning in The Ragamuffin Gospel