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Learning from Let the Nations be Glad

Just some excerpts and thoughts from what I have been reading.

Passion
“God is calling us above all else to be the kind of people whose theme and passion is the supremacy of God in all of life. No one will be able to rise to the magnificence of the missionary cause who does not feel the magnificence of Christ. There will be no big world vision without a big God. There will be no passion to draw others into our worship where there is no passion for worship.”

Does this describe my reigning passion?

Love
“Love is helping people toward the greatest beauty and the highest value and the deepest satisfaction and the most lasting joy and the biggest reward and the most wonderful friendship and the most overwhelming worship–love is helping people towards God. We do this by pointing to the greatness of God.”

Do I love like this?

War
“What have millions of Christians done? We have stopped believing that we are in war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance, no strategic planning. Just easy peace and prosperity. Instead of taking up the sword or bearing fruit we “are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches and the desire for other things enter and chocke the word and it proves unfruitful.” (Matt 4:18-19).”

Do I live like I am in war or peace?

Mercy
“Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promiess given to patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Romans 15:8-9). Mercy was the very heart of Jesus’ mission. God is free to be merciful because he is full and utterly self-sufficient in himself. The glory of his all-sufficiency overflows in the freedom of his mercy to the nations. Therefore extending God’s mercy makes a Christ-like missionary.”

Does “extending God’s mercy” describe the heart of my mission?

Committed to the most vulnerable around the world & to seeking the full extensions of my faith in all of life.

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