“… if we are Christians it can only be because God has wonderfully intervened to give us new life. Every Christian ought to think long and hard about this, because we have an inevitable and at times very worldly tendency to regard some ‘conversions’ as being more wonderful and amazing than others. ‘Miraculous’, we say when a famous celebrity is ‘born again’, and of course we are right. But the miracle involved in the new birth of John or Jane Smith; whose name never appears in either Christian or secular press, is no less miraculous, no less wonderful and no less cause of joy in heaven. It involves the same exercise of divine power and the same abundance of God’s love. What we need to do, therefore, if we would enter into the joys of our new birth is not to cast a glance over our shoulder, enviously regarding the spiritual biography of another, but to search the Scriptures to see the rich measure of grace that God pours into every new child of God!”
~ Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life (Ch. 6, pg. 56)
2 thoughts on “No Less Miraculous”
Oh, Son, you know your charismatic mother, and this leaves me teary-eyed and so, so thankful to God for His mercy and grace. To God be all the glory! Thank you for blessing me today with this wonderful quote.
Hahaha!!! Oh, Trisha your comment made me laugh out loud!!
I spent most of my early Christianity in a church that placed a great deal of weight on “testimony”. It almost became a competition of sorts — that is, to outdo the next brother or sister’s testimony. We see the danger of exalting this kind of thing in the likes of Ergun Caner and the whole Liberty fiasco. And even if there is any truth to the grandiose testimony, the reality is that testimony won’t keep you. Only a life built on the Truth of God’s Word will.
Wonderful and powerful quote! And in fact, I just listened to a sermon by him last night! : )
Blessings to you dear friend!