“The person you are when you love Jesus with everything in you-with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength- is the real you. The brilliant you. The bring-it you. The breathtaking you. The born-for-this you. The person you were born to be crawls out of the shell of a heart cracked wide-open to the audacious love of Christ. When your heart, your soul, you mind, and might are engaged in a wholly invasive holy affection, march yourself into the nearest bathroom and look in the mirror over the sink.
And what that woman in that mirror in that condition of teeming affection most wants to do is most likely that woman’s calling or the carrier of that direction…. When the blood in your veins runs hot with holy affection for the living Christ, what do you want to do most? Pau put it this way: Christ’s love compels us. When Christ’s love invades every cell in your body, what are you compelled to do? The follow-up question is critical. The answer to it is where the rubber meets the road, where dreams become realities and destinies that defy gravity finally get fulfilled. This is it: What would it take to do it? You answer those two questions: What are you most compelled by the love of Christ to do? And What would it take to do it? -then identify one first step toward that direction, and, child, you will find the next place to plant your foot on your divinely planned path.
Don’t tell me you’re too young. Don’t tell me you’re too old. Don’t tell me you’re too scared. Don’t tell me you’re too busy. Get to it. Nobody but you can do it” (Moore 29).
Welcome to the wonderful writings of Beth Moore. I thought it appropriate to start with this quote from the book because it stirs a passion inside of you, gets your heart pumping and makes you say “YES! I CAN DO IT!” And that is exactly how I felt at the end of her book, “Audacious.”
This book covers the concept of radically falling in love with Christ. She mentions the freedom that comes with the audacity to love God as deeply as He loves us. “Every time you are driven to pursue Him, it’s because He is pursuing you. Every time you have something to say to Him, it’s because He’s saying something to you. Every time you choose Him, He has already chosen you. Any time you get up before dawn and head into your den to pray, He is already there waiting for you. You never have a single thought about Him that catches His mind wandering from you. You cannot beat Jesus to the punch. You cannot beat Jesus to the passion” (Moore 42). I love that. Throughout this book I felt so encouraged and so motivated, so thankful that Christ pursues me and so grateful for the opportunity to love Him back.
“We can do normal by ourselves. We’re talking about a love that is extraordinary, remember? Supremely supernatural. We’re talking about being swept up with the One you can’t tire out and you can’t tire out and you can’t run off. The One who still calls you Beautiful at your ugliest and pulls you up at your lowest. The one who doesn’t have to struggle to forgive you. The one who really does keep no record of wrongs. The one who doesn’t have to go to counseling to stay with you. We’re talking about coming alive to an honest-to-God acceptance that we are audaciously loved and drumming up the audacity to boldly to boldly love Him back. That, I believe to my bones, would be the most important discovery of our lives. The craziest part is that it’s not that hard to get. Ask for it.”
The way she writes is inspiring, what she writes is marvelous, and the way God uses her books is life-changing. This book in particular created in me a desire to embrace God’s love more fervently than I had been and prompted a change in how I lived my day to day life. I recommend this to you, especially if you have been in a dry patch on your walk with Christ, for this will water you right back to the lush, green, full life you could be experiencing in Christ. I will end with this passage:
“But divine affection is altogether different. It does not subtract from other loves. It supplies them. It does not detract from them. It gives them their proper dignity and their rightful place. When God called us to love Him with everything in us, He knew we could not do it without Him. He knew that He Himself would have to provide the affection to ever consistently see it returned. For this reason, this hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Rom. 5:5). When God issued the command for the highest love of human hearts to be directed solely to Him, it wasn’t to hoard it all for Himself. He meant to sanctify it and multiply it. Our affection for Him leaps straight up like a fountain to be filtered by His fingers then spelled clean on those around us.”