"Some of you young men, you’ve been praying, “Oh God, use me, God use me!” What you ought to be praying is, “Oh God use my roommate, let me carry his bags all the days of my life!”"
This quote was one of the most convicting things I listened to while I was in Thailand. While we worked alongside each other, I should have been praying all along for God to work so mightily in Joseph and Betsy. Praise God that He still works despite my own inability to pray out of a servant heart. When I did pray this, I found my joy in my team mates to increase mightily. I felt more patient, more humble, more open to seeing what the Lord was doing in them and their readers. What a wonderful prayer. What a hard hard prayer.
Reblog from almost 2 years ago, this quote is still near and dear to my heart and I think about it daily.
"'I believe men can be saved if they will.' My dear sir, that is not the question at all. The question is, are men ever found naturally willing to submit to the humbling terms of the gospel of Christ? We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ."
the Gospel is not about you.
So I just logged onto my Facebook and read a blog post from a friend I met in freshman year through a campus fellowship I no longer attend (though I still keep in touch with some people there, I find myself more and more involved with Cleveland Road and loving it more and more). In her blog post, she discussed the liberation of leaving the faith.
And while, I feel immense heartbreak for her (though I’m sure, she wouldn’t want me to), I feel immense heartbreak for the loss of TRUTH. As if ‘comfortable Christianity’ were meant to be a cure to depression or loneliness or simply a guideline of rules on how to ‘be-a-good-but-DEFINITELY-judgmental-human-being’! If Christianity were meant to fulfill you or give you a purpose in life, to make you ‘happy’ all the time, then it would be no better than any other religion. However, from the depths of what I know to be true, there is no other God. There is one God, who IS the savior of the broken, (aka every human). I find myself only further convinced that it is Christ who saves us. As if He needed us to pray to accept Him! What an insult to a Holy God that can not stand our sin! He does not need our worship, for He is constantly worshipped on His heavenly throne. That He even extends salvation from an eternal hell to us is LOVE itself. Let it be known that while God is love, God expresses the most perfect hatred. And if you are not saved, I emphasize, Christ laid down His life to save a people who despise good, who will despise Him until the end. Jesus Christ on the cross bore the hatred of His Father in our place. Did you hear that? Yes, the Son bore the WRATH of the Father. THIS is the Gospel. We were all doomed to eternal punishment, and many of us will perish. Many will walk the wide path to destruction. Only so few will walk the narrow path to salvation. Not by our choice, but because God is merciful to move our hearts to cry out salvation. We can not save ourselves.
And just as Christ asked the Twelve “Do you want to go away as well?”
I will answer until the end, the response of Simon Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God!”
Amen! Persevere Christian!