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“Jesus loved the enthusiast, the man who knew what side he was on and threw himself wholeheartedly into the struggle.  He liked energetic action, as in the men who climbed the roof and broke a way through for their paralyzed friend, or in Zacchaeus who forgot his dignity and swarmed up a tree.  He loved the generous giver.  All four Gospels quote His saying, ‘He who loves life loses it; he who spends keeps.’  It sums up His attitude to life.  He praised the man who banged on the door till he got an answer; He wanted men to show that kind of determination in the affairs of religion.  He praised the widow who badgered the unjust judge into doing justice.  He did not like playing for safety or burying one’s talent.  It is the peace-makers rather than the peace-keepers whom He blesses.  Goodness is a positive active loyalty.”

Hugh Martin, The Seven Letters: Christ’s Message to His Church (London, 1956), page 107.

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2 thoughts on “Jesus loved the enthusiast”

  1. Yup! Good word.
    May God give us such an enthusiastic heart and power to do – something new.

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Ray Ortlund


Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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