a vestige of thought...
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Thoughts from someone smarter than me
So many Christian books and/or devotionals are either full of self-centered spirituality or are completely cheesy. I love My Utmost because it is about learning to rid ourselves of ourselves and become completely under the control of Christ and completely like Christ. Christ is everything. He is not a comfortable God, and neither is this a comfortable book.
Here are a sprinkling of thoughts from the book:
"Sanctification means being made one with jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us."
"As long as we try to serve two ends, ourselves and God, there is preplexity."
"Individuality counterfeits personality as lust counterfeits love... Love is the outpouring of one personality in fellowship with another personality."
*I've written quite a bit about the devotions from December 11&12, which is where these quotes are from. Perhaps I shall post them sometime.
"Sanctification means more than deliverance from sin, it means the deliberate commitment of myself whom God has saved to God, and that I do not care what it costs."
"Every saint can have his body under absolute control for God. God has made us to have government over all the temple fo the Holy Spirit, over imaginations and affections."
"Everything that does not partake of the nature of virtue is the enemy of virtue in me."
"Our Lord was not a recluse nor an ascetic, He did not cut Himself off from society, but He was inwardly disconnected all the time... We are to be in the world but not of it; to be disconnected fundamentally, not externally... We have deliberately to determine to be interested only in that in which God is interested. The way to solve perplexing problems is to ask- Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested, or the kind of thing in which the spirit that is the antipode of Jesus is interested?"
"We lose power if we do not concentrate on the right thing... The proclaiming of Jesus will do its own work... If I talk my own talk, it is of no more importance to you than your talk is to me; but if I talk the truth of God, you will meet it again and so will I."
"God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of sentimental enjoyment of His blessings."
"The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations: it is a statement of the life we will life when the Holy Spirit is getting His way with us."
"Routine is God's way of saving us between our times of inspiration."
"Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our concious life."
"Restate to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to the bedrock of the Cross of Christ."
O Come, let us adore Him!