Sunday, October 29, 2017

Willard: knowing God's will

Sunday, October 29, 2017
    Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885
    [Jesus:] “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
    —Mark 8:35 (NIV)
    I fear that many people seek to hear God solely as a device for securing their own safety, comfort and righteousness. For those who busy themselves to know the will of God, however, it is still true that “those who want to save their life will lose it.” My extreme preoccupation with knowing God’s will for me may only indicate, contrary to what is often thought, that I am overconcerned with myself, not a Christlike interest in the well-being of others or in the glory of God.
    ... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), Hearing God, Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999, p. 28 (see the book)
    See also Mark 8:35; Matt. 10:39; 16:25; Luke 17:33; John 12:25; Acts 20:23-24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You speak to me for Your glory.
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