"Never forget that Salvation is a miracle of God."
"For if we forget that it is God’s prerogative to give results when the gospel is preached, we shall start to think that it is our responsibility to secure them. And if we forget that only God can give faith, we shall start to think that the making of converts depends, in the last analysis, not on God, but on us, and that the decisive factor is the way in which we evangelize."
Let us not forget that we can not come to know Christ without HIS giving us new life. He does not need our worship, for He is constantly worshipped in heaven. But yet, the beauty of the Gospel is that He chooses to save sinners that are uncomprehending of His worth.
"Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some men seem to think… It is wounding work, this breaking of the hearts, but without wounding there is no saving… Where there is grafting there will always be a cutting, the graft must be let in with a wound; to stick it onto the outside or to tie it on with a string would be of no use. Heart must be set to heart and back to back or there will be no sap from root to branch. And this, I say, must be done by a wound, by a cut."
"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.