“…what God says to us will be more useful than what anyone else in the universe has to say. Not to sit at His feet and soak our minds in His wisdom is sheer craziness if not suicidal.”
“Sheer craziness…” I love that. Lord, help me live my convictions!!
“Knowledge enables us to love God and love our neighbors more fully.
If we’re not putting what we know to work in our lives, then our knowledge will simply make us more arrogant. There’s a terrifying irony here: your study if he Bible could actually lead you further away from the Lord.
The problem definitely isn’t solved by studying less. Instead, we should be learning everything we can and immediately applying it. We should be begging God to give us a deeper love for Him and others so we can take the truths He reveals and put them into practice.”
We live in a culture that teaches us to glorify ourselves and to pursue comfort, control and the satisfaction of our desires above all else. To deny oneself and pursue the things of God can feel like death, but that is what Jesus calls us to. He tells us that to follow him we will have to relinquish all control and endure suffering and rejection, but he also promises that this will make us like him. In him, triumph will come through suffering. Jesus is calling us to lose our lives as we know them, but only so that he might give us real and eternal life in him. Do you hear him calling you? Are you willing to deny yourself and take up your cross in order to follow him? Do you trust that he will lead you to life?
Redeemer Presbyterian Church Lenten Devotional
There are five Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, but most people never read the first four.
Rodney Gypsy Smith, 19th Century British Evangelist