Discipleship Part XX
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 Nineteen: When God Moves In: My Experience with Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians
God can work deeply in us as he has in those of the past. I loved the questions that Willard puts at the end of the chapter. He says, Jesus answers four great questions of life: What is real? (God and His Kingdom.) Who is well off or “blessed”? (Anyone alive in the Kingdom of God.) Who is a genuinely good person? (Anyone possessed and permeated with agape, God’s kind of love.) And how can I become a genuinely good person? (By being a faithful apprentice of Jesus in Kingdom living, learning from him how to live my life as he would live my life if he were I) (219,220).
These questions remind me of a time where I was sitting with a bunch of pastors over lunch with Dallas. Someone asked the question: Dallas, as you sit here with a bunch of pastors, if you could share just one thing with them, what is the single biggest advice that you would give them. And Dallas answered something like this, “How we understand the gospel, is the single most important thing. We need to understand the gospel as applying to this life, not just the next.” And I think his four questions, I think they help us keep Jesus’ message front and center. To live in reality as a blessed and good person, requires that I receive God’s love through Christ and live in the kingdom of God and seek to bring more of heaven to earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.