Forgotten God

So I'm on to the next Francis Chan book, Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit. It might just be better than Crazy Love, but I don't think a blog about which book is better would really be profitable, not to mention interesting. I don't really claim to hold anyone's interest anyway, the only people who read this blog, do so because they have some sort of relationship with me, not because of my awesome writing or deeply interesting posts. But if you do want to read some awesome writing with some serious depth, you should read Stephanie's blog. It is really good stuff.

So back to this book being good, I'm going to just share one thing.

I guess I always assumed that I would be better at following Jesus if He was right beside me, and I saw Him everyday. You know, I would have that immediate accountability and the relationship right in front of my face. But that isn't what Jesus thinks, at least, it's not what He told His disciples. He told them that it was better that He left so they could have the Spirit. Now that I am writing it, it seems very obvious, like I should have know this. It's like Rosetta Stone Language learning vs. a native Spanish speaker. That native Spanish speaker is going to be completely competent at teaching you Spanish, but they can't be with you 24/7, so that is why Rosetta Stone is the bomb, because you can listen to the same words thousands of times without having to bother someone. This analogy is pretty poor really, actually it is really poor. I think I should just quit now and let you read what Jesus has to say about it.

"Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?' Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned."

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you."
John 15:5-15