“It’s NOT about getting better”
Listen to the message free here | Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything | Tullian Tchividjian
Last week Tullian Tchividjian (say that 5 times fast…) was the guest speaker at The Village Church in Dallas. Tchividjian has become one of my favorite authors to read and one of the most encouraging pastors pastoring today. He is a fantastic resource to the church because he leaves you uncomfortable by turning the gospel-mirror on your ugliness. The message he preached last week at The Village titled Jesus+Nothing=Everything broke me down then threw me straight to Jesus, leaving “me” by the wayside and making much of Jesus. If you want a spiritual pep-talk or a practical “to-do” list for sanctification, this message probably is not for you.
“I spend way too much time thinking about me and what I need to do and far too little time thinking about Jesus and what he has already done. And what I’ve discovered, ironically, is that the more time I focus on my need to get better, the worse I actually become.”
The message made me think of something the musician, Jim White said in his documentary Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus,
“When I lived in New York City, every day I would ride my bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and I would try to get my bicycle tire right on the white line (in the bike lane). And a curious thing would happen, whenever I would look right at it I could never get it, but when I looked up at what was ahead, I could do it.”
The message takes theological truths that most Christians know, and makes us uncomfortable by exposing the lies we believe and showing us how ugly our sin is. Our sin being our religion, our performance. In the message Tchividjian says
“The gospel is not a command…The Gospel calls us to wash our hands of ourselves… we become more spiritually mature when we focus less on what we need to do for God and more on all that God, in Christ has done for us”
Do yourself a favor and listen to this message, and read some Tullian Tchividjian, you won’t be sorry.