The Overwhelming Problem

All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him.

The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another.  That mighty burden is his obligation to God.  It includes an instant and lifelong duty to love God with every power of mind and soul, to obey Him perfectly, and to worship Him acceptably.  And when the man’s laboring conscience tells him that he has done none of these things, but has from childhood been guilty of foul revolt against the Majesty in the heavens, the inner pressure of self-accusation may become too heavy to bear.

The gospel can lift this destroying burden from the mind, give beauty for ashes, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  But unless the weight of the burden is felt the gospel can mean nothing to the man; and until he sees a vision of God high and  lifted up, there will be no woe and no burden.  Low views of God destroy the gospel for all who hold them.

from Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer, ch 1

A Christian Without a Missionary Heart

The Christian without a missionary heart is an anomaly. The missionary heart will be seen in all kinds of ways: in prayers for the lost, in making sure our behaviour offends noone, in making gospel conversations with friends (at dinner parties!), and in making every effort to save some. We are slaves without rights, even though we are free (cf. 2 For 4:5; Php 2:7).

The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, pg.52.

Without This One Thing, Joy is Impossible

Thank you, Pastor John Piper.  Now I know why.

While writing the first draft of this book, I called my eight-five-year-old father and said, “Daddy, I am writing a book on how to fight for joy.  What one thing comes to your mind from sixty years of ministry as to what Christians could do to increase their joy?”  Almost without hesitation he said, “Share their faith.”  Joy in Christ thrives on being shared.  That is the essence of Christian joy: It overflows or dies.

Millions of Christians live with a low-grade feeling of guilt for not openly commending Christ by their words.  They try to persuade themselves that keeping their noses morally clean is a witness to Christ.  The problem with this notion is that millions of unbelievers keep their noses morally clean.  Christians will — and should — continue to feel bad for not sharing their faith.  Christ is the most glorious person in the world.  His salvation is infinitely valuable.  Everyone in the world needs it.  Horrific consequences await those who do not believe on Jesus.  By grace alone we have seen him, believe on him, and now love him.  Therefore, not to speak of Christ unbelievers, and not to care about our city or the unreached peoples of the world is so contradictory to Christ’s worth, people’s plight, and our joy that it sends the quiet message to our souls day after day: This Savior and this salvation do not mean to you what you say they do.  To maintain great joy in Christ in the face of that persistent message is impossible.

When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper.  pg. 64-65

 

1 Peter 2:9
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

 

I Love to Tell the Story

I love to tell the story of unseen things above
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love
I love to tell the story because I know ‘tis true
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do

I love to tell the story, ‘twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love

I love to tell the story, ‘tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest
And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song
‘Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long

“I Love to Tell the Story,” Words And Music By Arabella Catherine Hankey and William Gustavus Fischer

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