CHRIST ON HIS OWN TERMS
New strength came into my ministry both public and private when I saw that either I had to reject Christ and the admiring talk, or accept Him on His own terms. As though illumined by a great light, I saw that He did not ask for admiration; He asked for commitment! To the perplexed, the confused, the distraught, he said and still says, “Come to me.” In all the relativities of this world there is, if Christ is right, one solid place. He offers “rest”, not in the sense of passivity, but in that of a place to stand, a center of trustworthiness in the midst of the world’s confusion. When I suddenly realized that my one central certainty was the trustworthiness of Christ, my preaching took on a new note of confidence, which I tried to convey to others. Thus I began to emphasize, in a new context, the concept of trustworthiness . . . Without intending to…
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