He’s R-E-A-L

A mere two paragraphs into the book, and you hit this:

Very few people today find Jesus interesting as a person or of vital relevance to the course of their actual lives.

He is not generally regarded as a real-life personality who deals with real-life issues but is thought to be concerned with some feathery realm other than the one we must deal with, and must deal with now.

And frankly, he is not taken to be a person of much ability.

But, oh how wrong that is. the doctor is in

And Dallas Willard sets out to prove exactly what a misconception that is in the same book, The Divine Conspiracy.

It makes me ask questions like these:

  • How do I see Jesus?
  • Where does he fit in my daily life?
  • Is he a person I have a passion for, or do I just want his gifts?
  • Exactly how REAL is he to me?

R - Relevant
He’s so real that he has a connection to everything that I do. My work, my play, my relationships—he touches them all and gives them meaning. Because of him, whatever I do has purpose—it becomes an act of worship to reflect his image and make him shine.

Do I succeed in fulfilling my purpose? Mostly not. But that doesn’t mean my desire to do so is irrelevant. It just means I want to depend on and love him even more.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

...To my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.
Isaiah 43:20,21

E – Effective
He’s so real that he helps me be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend. Because his love is real, my love can be more real. He is the example of a more excellent way to live, and he empowers me to carry it out—in his strength, not my own. 

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
Colossians 1:11

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8

A – Active
He’s so real that I continue to hear him even now through his words and his spirit. He has power; he has presence; he participates in my world. Because he lives, I live. His Spirit even makes his home in me.

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12

...and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
John 14:23

L – Lavish
He’s so real that He keeps blessing me in ways I don’t deserve. The gifts he gives, the way he loves, and his reasons why—all are incredibly lavish. He doesn’t love just a little; he loves extravagantly. Enough to live for me. Enough to die for me.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32

...I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John 10:10

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11

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That’s real to me. He’s real to me. What more could he do to prove it?

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