Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Discipleship Part X

Follow Me as I follow Christ - Photo by Firefigher with a Camera

Follow Me as I follow Christ - Photo by Firefigher with a Camera

In this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.

Chapter Nine: Living in the Vision of God
Willard quotes Nouwen, “nothing conflicts with the love of Christ like service to Christ”  (94). In other words we live a life in God, for God, serving people and God does great things, but those things start to gain our attention more than God himself.  What is required is that Christ becomes our first love again.  As Thomas Watson has said, “the first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God.  He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object.  He who loves God is ravished and transported with the contemplation of God… God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart” (100).

My Reflection
It is easy for me to get so wrapped up in service, that I forget to simply stand in God’s presence, be enveloped by his love and be renewed by seeking his face.

3 Responses to Discipleship Part X

  1. Ali says:

    Love your reflection on that great truth! Keep up your good work man. Hope you told Bruce how much I bigged him up 😉

  2. Ian says:

    I think I can relate.

    I find it very tempting to start thinking in terms of task, serving God because thats what you’re supposed to do. Then my peace and security and self-worth comes from what I can do for God, not from God’s acceptance of me.

    I think if I can learn to remain rooted in relationship with God, serving God will become a natural outcome.

    Isn’t grace easy to miss?

  3. Arlene says:

    My greatest weakness by far..though I am really the one who knows before others when this is being neglected…My first love…thanks for the reminder!!

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