Friday, June 17, 2011

TGIF - of a different sort

True greatness inspires fortitude.
There you have it – this was what I was put on my heart to write about today. Why? Lately hubby and I have been discussing two different Dallas Williard books in our morning time. The first is basically about learning to be a true disciple of Christ – The Great Omission. The other book is The Divine Conspiracy and it is pretty great too – he actually just read a random chapter out loud to me and I ended up taking notes (which is pretty common for me).
Anyway, what I am coming to is … these readings this week got us to talking about people in our own lives who lived in such a way that exhibited or demonstrated Christ to others. We came up with a pretty good list. (we always have surrounded ourselves with some admirable folks!)
The four I am going to mention here are brother Calvin and sister Ruth (she always calls him Bennie).They have been married if not 70 years then pretty close to it. And my own parents, Clyde and Naomi, who were married 60 years.
True greatness in life can only be attained by living a life patterned after Jesus Christ. He said himself that if a person want to even find life they had to come to him and then they'd not just have a run-of-the-mill life but have abundant life. So, a life lived in the path of Jesus just inspires a person to 'stick-to-it', to be brave and courageous in day to day living, and to develop natural virtues. These four people are not/were not pretentious in their living. They pretty much lead/led quiet lives of servanthood and outrageous generosity. And I know too that they were avid students of the Word.
True greatness isn't measured by the world's standards but by the Lord Jesus. His desire for each of us is to live fully in Him – we stick to Him, stay steady and true, and He will be there for us – for eternity!
Here's the links to the books - 2 that are well worth having in your personal library!!
882433: The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus" Essential Teachings on Discipleship The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus' Essential Teachings on Discipleship

By Dallas Willard

The last command Jesus gave before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples." This, according to renowned Christian thinker Dallas Willard, has been the church's Great Omission. Drawing upon previously published articles from magazines such as Christianity Today and Leadership Journal as well as remarks given at various conferences, Willard challenges the thought that we can be Christians without being disciples. He calls on believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity - being active disciples of Jesus Christ. Willard shows us that in the school of life, we are apprentices of the Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleship - an active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.
69333: The Divine Conspiracy The Divine Conspiracy

By Dallas Willard

In The Divine Conspiracy, Willard gracefully weaves biblical teaching, popular culture, science, scholarship, and spiritual practice into a tour de force that shows the necessity of profound changes in how we view our lives and faith.
Willard refutes "fire escape" mentality by exploring the true nature of the teachings of Jesus, who intended that His followers become His disciples, and taught that we have access now to the life we are only too eager to relegate to the hereafter. The author calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He encourages faith by embracing the true meaning of Christian discipleship.

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