“God is the perfect quintessence of good. He is sweetness in the flower. God is a satisfying good. The soul cries out, I have enough, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. Let a man who is thirsty be brought to an ocean of pure water, and he has enough. If there be enough in God to satisfy the angels, then sure there is enough to satisfy us. The soul is but finite, but God is infinite. Though God be a good that satisfies, yet he does not surfeit. Fresh joys spring continually from his face; and he is as much to be desired after millions of years by glorified souls and bodies as at the first moment. There is a fulness in God that satisfies, and yet so much sweetness that the soul still desires. God is a delicious good.”
A Body of Divinity (Banner of Truth) by Thomas Watson
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You are a liar.
You tell me that my identity is found in what I produce, not in who I am in Jesus. You tell me that I will be better-liked and respected more if I do more, faster. You tell me that I can’t stop doing because the to-do list never ends.
You are a deceiver.
You make me feel productive when all I have really done is made myself feel better by accomplishing things while neglecting to patiently love others. You make me believe that everything is urgent and everything hinges upon me. You make me believe that if I’m not constantly working on something then I am lazy and worthless.
You have robbed me.
You have taken away my joy in the “right now.” You have stolen time from me by telling me that there is more fulfillment in the next versus the now. You’ve taken away precious memories I could have had if I had not believed that the future is more valuable than the current moment.
I’m learning that the faster I go the less I become. I’m learning that slowness is often the road to fruitfulness. I’m learning that I don’t get to my future any faster if I rush. I’m learning that there is more joy in where I am now than where I will be. I’m learning that Jesus is speaking now. Softly calling me to abide in Him. Gently showing me my sin. Graciously showing me the cross. Gloriously pointing me towards my future glory. Patiently slowing me down to know Him, enjoy Him, and praise Him.
Hurry, I don’t regret telling you--I’m slowing down.
A Hurried Sinner Learning How To Slow Down
I'm pleased to announce that my first (small) book is scheduled to release mid-September. You can currently purchase it through Amazon & Christian Book Distributors. Please leave a review on Amazon & CBD so that others can find and purchase the book!
Here is the thesis of the book:
To mentor is to intentionally train other people how to live, love, and glorify Christ. This is exactly what ties discipleship and mentoring together. They both are centered on giving your time and resources to help others know Jesus more.
Here are the endorsements the book has received:
Helpful, practical, biblical, insightful. You will want to read Brad Merchant's grace-filled, resourceful guide to discipling. And buy it for friends at your church to encourage them to make disciples too.
--Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, IL. Author of John 1-12 For You and Jonathan Edwards and Justification.
Unsure of what it means to disciple another believer in Christ? Unsure of where to start or what to do? Then this little book by Brad Merchant will help you with the very first steps, and show you how doable the Great Commission of Jesus is for every Christian.
--Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. Author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible.
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John Piper preached a message entitled, "Don't Waste Your Life" from Galatians 6:14 at the Passion One Day conference in May of 2000. The message was later put into a book with the same title. Here is an excerpt from the book on page 45:
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He’s been with me since I was born. I wish I didn’t know him. I wish that he would just disappear. I hate him. He robs me of contentment and peace. He robes me with self-righteousness and despair. Even when I think he is gone, he pops up his head from the shadows of my thoughts with shouts that are hard to ignore.
When I do something well he tells me I am the greatest. He makes me feel like I am superior to those around me. He reminds me of my giftedness, abilities, and accomplishments. He points out the flaws in the people that seem to threaten me so that I feel a sense of comfort. He makes me feel so good about myself that I end up thinking of no one but myself. He loves to help me love me more.
When I do something wrong he tells me I am the worst. He makes me feel like a failure. He reminds me of all the ways I am incompetent, lacking, and unable. He shows me how everyone around me succeeds in the very ways that I fail. He makes me feel such great despair that I sometimes wish I didn’t exist. He loves to help me hate me more.
Yet amid his loud shouts for self-righteousness and despair, there is another voice. A voice that comes from One who is meek and lowly in heart. His voice is neither flattering nor condemning. Rather, His voice is true. He speaks with authority. He speaks as though I am His. He tells me that I am worse than I think, yet loved more than I could imagine. He tells me that neither my successes nor failures define me. He tells me that I am not defined by my record, but by His. He loves to help me forget about me and rejoice in Him. He reminds me that Comparison has a loud voice, but that he is a conquered foe. He reminds me that Comparison doesn’t have to control my life, because my life is already His.
Comparison, you can’t have my joy. Because my joy isn’t found in what I think of me, but in He who died for me.
"When Jesus said, "You are the light of the world," this you in the Greek language is plural — meaning "all of you." Light-bearing is not an individual project. Following Christ in our urban generation is done together. Just as the first-century church met in the temple and from house to house (Acts 5:42), Christians in our cities must gather regularly (Acts 2:46; 20:20; Heb. 10:24-25). Elsewhere the Scriptures refer to the Lord's people as "one body" (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:4)... It's very easy in the press and busyness of urban living or isolation of city culture to succumb to "urban drift" —a movement away from relationship, away from the burden-bearing, supportive, illuminating community of Christ. But it's among God's people, as we gather around his light-giving Word, that the flames of our faith are renewed."
—Jon Dennis, Christ and City (page 150-151).
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