This is a quote I had highlighted in my copy of Waking the Dead. It struck a chord in my heart this morning, so I thought I would post it:
We have no idea who we really are. Whatever glory was bestowed,
whatever glory is being restored, we thought this whole Christian thing
was about . . . something else. Trying not to sin. Going to church.
Being nice. Jesus says it is about healing your heart, setting it free,
restoring your glory. A religious fog has tried to veil all that, put
us under some sort of spell or amnesia, to keep us from coming alive.
As Blaise Pascal said, “It is a monstrous thing . . . an
incomprehensible enchantment, and a supernatural slumber.” And, Paul
said, it is time to take that veil away.
When anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now
the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is
freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:16–18)
veil removed, bringing freedom, transformation, glory. Do you see it? I
am not making this up—though I have been accused of making the gospel
better than it is. The charge is laughable. Could anyone be more
generous than God? Could any of us come up with a story that beats the
one God has come up with?