Most of us live in a world of constant “noes.” Everywhere we look we’re told what we CAN’T do, not what we can do. It’s no wonder many of us never reach our full potential. And as a mother of a toddler, my whole life seems like one big, “NO!”
Mike Glenn challenges readers of his new book, The Gospel of Yes, to start telling the world what we DO stand for, instead of always concentrating on what we are against.
“It’s not enough to live against. You have to live for! But saying it and living it are two different things. Start living for all the things you believe in...” (pg. 15)
He also goes so far as to boldly profess:
“Defining your life by what you oppose makes your life small, and it can fuel anger and bitterness.” (pg. 10)
When all we do is look for ways to be “against” something, the world views Christians as naysayers. “I don't drink, I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs. I don’t swear. I’m against all those things.” Yep. That makes us look boring to the average person who doesn’t understand Christianity to its fullest. It also can be condemning for those who do do all those things but may want a way out.
“What if we, as Christ-followers, began to understand that being in the rat race works directly against our ‘yes’ from God? What if we understood that the American way of life shouts a ‘no’ in the face of Christ’s ‘yes?” (pg. 177)
In a world that is demanding us—Christians in particular—to accept this notion of “anything goes,” we need to focus on our “yeses” rather than our “noes.” The more we protest and rant and rave about what we are against, the more the world will view us as narrow minded and ignorant. What is our “yes” to those instances? Do we love those who live differently from us? Yes. Do we want them to know Christ’s love and forgiveness? Yes.
The problem with all of this is that we all too often get caught up in heated debates about our “noes.” We end up criticizing, condemning, judging, and shunning the world instead of showing them the “yes” of Jesus! Every debate, every argument, every profession of what we are against, turns others away from God. We in affect then, do the complete opposite of what we had hoped to do.
“It’s true that we can’t repair the damage of someone else’s unwise choices, but being a ‘no’ to them is not our calling…We can’t live against the very people Jesus died to save.” (pg. 205)
Mike Glenn’s book will help you determine your “yeses” in life and how to properly vocalize them without losing yourself and the cause.
The Gospel of Yes is about living in grace, and revealing that grace to our broken world. It doesn’t mean conformity, it means living as Christ lived.
|The Gospel of Yes: We Have Missed the Most Important Thing About God. Finding It Changes Everything.
By Mike Glenn / WaterBrook Press
Are you comfortable living within the confines of "no"? Do you define yourself as a Christian by what you don't do? Listen to God---who says yea, not nay! Focusing on divine affirmation, Glenn shows how God will answer prayers of the downtrodden when we say "yes" to his call to embrace identity, simplicity, authentic relationships, and more. 240 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.