Quotes from The Me I want to be- john ortberg
“You don’t just become holier. You become you- ier”
“But ‘new’ doesn’t mean completely different, instead, its like an old peace of furniture that gets restored to its intended beauty”
That means that flourishing – being connected with the spirit of God- is available all the time. When your spirit flourishes, you are most fully alive”
When we live in love, we flourish
God designed you to be you. God designed us to delight in your actual lives. When I am growing toward the me I want to be I am being freed from the me I pretend to be. I no longer try to convince people I am important while secretly fearing I am not.
Should is an important word for spiritual growth, but God’s plan is not for you to obey Him because you should even though you don’t want to. He made you to want His plan for you.
Loving people means being willing to disappoint them sometimes.
Jesus loved everyone, but that means at some point he disappointed everyone.
Seeking to become the me that other people want me to be is a hollow way to live. Nobody else can tell you exactly how to change because nobody but God knows.
To love someone is to desire and work toward their becoming the best versions of themselves.
Rule- keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith- paul wrote, “but only perpetuates itself into more and more rule keeping”. In other words, it only results in a rule- keeping, desire- smothering, Bible reading, emotion- controlling, self- righteous person who is not like me. In the end, I cannot follow God if I don’t trust that He realy has my best interest at heart.
There is an enormous difference between following rules and following Jesus because I can follow rules without cultivating the right heart.
Jesus did not say “I have come that you might follow the rules”. He said “I have come that you might have life, and have it with abundance”
When the spirit flows in you, you are given power to become the person God designed You to become.
The Spirit never just flows in us, he always flows through us so that others might flourish as well.
The Bible does not say you are God’s appliance; it says you are His masterpiece. Appliances gets mass- produced. Masterpieces get handcrafted. Therefore His plan for shaping you will not look like His plan for shaping anyone else. If you try to follow a generic plan for spiritual growth, it will only frustrate you. Paul said “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”.