Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Reverence - Eugene Peterson

I read this the other day in my Eugene Peterson daily reader and thought it was worth sharing:

Reverence is the operative word -- en pobo Christou -- awed, worshipful attentiveness, ready to respond in love and adoration. We do not learn our relationship with God out of a cocksure, arrogant knowledge of exactly what God wants ... Nor do we cower before him in a scrupulous anxiety that fears offending him...

No. Gospel reverence, Christ reverence, is a vigorous (but by no means presumptuous) bold freedom, full of spontaneous energy...

We are more than ready to bow down before Christ unafraid that we will be tyrannized, for Christ has already laid down his life for us on the cross, pouring himself out and holding nothing back.

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