Several years ago, my friend Pastor Matt Heard chanced upon a small painting by Russian painter Nikolai Yaroshenko.
The problem for Matt
was that this doesn't mesh with what the gospels, especially John 10:10, says.
realized that Jesus
didn't come to save us from human life but to restore us to it as the life God always intended for us: to be fully human and fully alive.
According to Matt
, Christians too often act as if the physical aspects of our lives are in opposition to our spiritual lives and are even an evil to escape.
believes the only path forward is found by paying attention to our desires.
writes that "my longing is central to who I am as a human being.
Now of course, most of us experience our longings in a fallen sense, misdirected.
Like the Samaritan woman at the well, we drink and drink and are never satisfied, because we don't realize that Christ is offering living water that alone can fully quench our thirst.
That's the water Christ offers, and it leads us to be what God created us to be.
Now I want to be clear, "Life with a capital L" is not another version of "your best life now," not even close.
It is, however, a much deeper engagement with Scripture and faith offering a practical theology of humanity that many of us have yet to experience.
As I wrote in my endorsement, and Matt
has confirmed from those who've read the book, those who encounter this truth will find themselves asking, "What if?
What if this is actually true?"
Understanding demands we take the idea of grace seriously.
And to do that, we must contend with the reality and gravity of our sin.
But when we do, it illuminates what the redeemed life can look like.
There's far more in this book than I could ever explain in this short commentary, so I interviewed Matt
on our half-hour program, BreakPoint This Week.
Please visit BreakPoint.org to listen to this interview with Pastor Matt, and learn how you can get a copy of this book, which both Eric Metaxas and I heartily endorse.