Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola

I had an interesting experience today. 

I read chapter 8 of Jesus Manifesto – The Forgotten Tree.  Len and Frank would have us consider that the religion of Christianity focuses much more on The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, looking for ‘how to live a Christian life’ than to the Tree of Life – the source of life. 

Consider this – Jesus is the vine, we are the branches.  Jesus said that He came to give us life, and life to the full.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of us – to teach, guide and correct us.  Yet we spend most of our time teaching, guiding and correcting ourselves. 

After reading the chapter, I came home and flipped through the channels.  On a Christian station, I heard a preacher say “the person of Jesus is to guide us into eternity.  The principles of Jesus show us how to live life now.”  This preacher was telling us that if we just take Jesus’ principles and live by them, then we would be prosperous.  Ugh!

I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life that makes a difference.  How do we accomplish this?  Do we taking the teachings of Jesus and run with them, gaining wisdom from Jesus’ Word so that we can be ‘successful’?  Do we get to know the person of Jesus, die to self and let the Holy Spirit live through us?  Is your head spinning?

I think that we need to seriously consider what place we have given Jesus in our lives.  Is He our helper as we become successful?  Are we living for Him, letting Him live through us and in us?  When we reach out a hand to help, is it our hand, or Jesus’?  Does everything we do point people to being successful, or to getting to know God as our Source?

I have loved reading this book.  It is much like reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, or the sermons of Spurgeon.  Everyone needs to read this book.  It will challenge you.  It will re-root you.  You will find again your fascination with Jesus and the Word.  Jesus said to his disciples “you are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3).  Reading Jesus Manifesto is like taking a shower in the Word, and refocusing your eyes on Jesus.

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