The Closer They Get, The More Human They Are

By contrast, Jonah’s lethargic withdrawal from reality reminds me of the remarkable book The Great Divorce, where C.S. Lewis so vividly portrays the difference between people on their way to heaven and those on their way to hell.  We see how those who flee from God become increasingly thin and insubstantial and see-through, while those who pursue him become progressively more real and intense and solid.  Those running toward him become more human the closer they get the more human we are, the more we become what God wants us to become, and the better it is for those around us.  The less human we are, the worse it is for those around us.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 43

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In Fact, They Really Aren’t Living

Flight from God always leads downward.  It culminates not in the vivaciousness life we imagined but in what amounts to stagnant sleep.  It’s why so many people seem to exit without ever really living.  In fact, they aren’t really living; they’re only going through the motions – rarely if ever experiencing the internal shalom they were designed to enjoy from God, because they’re running from him.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 42