Do you ever feel like you're being pulled in a million directions? Like you' re overwhelmed with various programs and ministries, or with studying the steps to good parenting or the best ways to share Jesus with your neighbors? These are all good things, but even good things can sometimes take us away from our number one responsibility--knowing Jesus better. Wayne Cordeiro shares how to focus on the One who matters most and take part in the joy and fulfillment that He brings. But he also teaches how this leads to selflessness, a true love for others, and effective ministry. It will, in fact, change how you see the world around you. When you focus on Christ, everything else falls into place. Your relationships. Your job. Your church. Your mission. It's all placed in the hands of Jesus, pure and simple. Here's something refreshing: a pure and simple devotion to Christ. Sounds wonderfully inviting, doesn't it? And the good news is that it's not about doing more or doing less. Because God created you in His image, the more you become like Jesus, the more you become the person you were created to be. It is in Him that you actually find fulfillment, not in religious activities (as good as they may be) or in serene settings that give you a needed respite from your harried workplace. He is not the rest from our labors. He is the rest in our labors.
Jesus Pure and simple is just that. It's about going back to how Jesus lived and following him and doing as he did. This book brough me back to a song we used to sing in Sunday School "Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, grow..." and that's just what the book teaches. Sometimes we fall into the "job" of being a Christian based on what others expect instead of being a living example like Jesus did. He loved everyone, walked among the lowest of the low to the high priest. He studied God's word and meditated on it and spent time in intercessory prayer always ready and willing to share in his knowledge about God and the christian walk. Sometimes we get so roped up in doing the good deeds, we forget that our deeds are not what will get us into Heaven. God longs for a relationship with us, and for us to share his love with others. I enjoyed this book, I found that it is something that we all need to hear at times, especially around this time of year when it's getting closer to Jesus' birthday we all tend to forget the real reason for the season and get so caught up in the hustle and bustle and entertaining, and the programs and ministries, but we forget to actually spend time thanking God for sending his only son. Look forward to more books by Wayne!
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