In God’s economy, it is the Christian who is constantly 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨, not constantly 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 that is the most effective.
Preaching justification without encouraging sanctification will produce nominal, stagnant Christians who are no more capable of following God ten years down the line as they were ten years before. We’ve gone wide, but now we need to go deep.
The Kingdom of God is the new reality that we must press in to. It’s not something that we are awaiting to come, it has already come. It’s not some flickering hope in the dim future, it’s currently within our grasp now.
After you take the time to truly understand another person, when you are intentional about listening with the goal of understanding them, you find they become more human. They’re not a moral monster, a corrupt foe, or some deluded idiot. They are a human being that bears the image of your Creator, just as you do. They have hopes, dreams, and desires, just as you do. And they are pursuing Joy the best way they know how, just as you are.
Pumpkin Spice Latte or not, all new things are only worth enjoying if they channel our love towards Love itself, not the byproduct.