In our eagerness to make converts …

“In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the brae. If they will but accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families and keep them happy all day long.

They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them. The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises.

He would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways. All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that fact from them.”

– A.W. Tozer

Lyrics to song “Beggars” by artist Thrice.(+song at bottom of post)

Lyrics to song “Beggars” by artist Thrice.(+song at bottom of post)

All you great men of power, you who boast of your feats –
Politicians and entrepreneurs.
Can you safeguard your breath in the night while you sleep?
Keep your heart beating steady and sure?
As you lie in your bed, does the thought haunt your head
That you’re really, rather small?
If there’s one thing I know in this life: we are beggars all.

All you champions of science and rulers of men,
Can you summon the sun from its sleep?
Does the earth seek your counsel on how fast to spin?
Can you shut up the gates of the deep?
Don’t you know that all things hang, as if by a string,
O’er the darkness – poised to fall?
If there’s one thing I know in this life: we are beggars all.

All you big shots that swagger and stride with conceit,
Did you devise how your frame would be formed?
If you’d be raised in a palace, or live out in the streets,
Did you choose the place or the hour you’d be born?
Tell me what can you claim? Not a thing – not your name!
Tell me if you can recall just one thing,
That’s not a gift in this life?

Can you hear what’s been said?
Can you see now that everything’s grace after all?
If there’s one thing I know in this life: we are beggars all.

Discontent drives you to want more and more …

“Discontent drives you to want more and more, to expect more and more, and to develop a spirit of disappointment both with your own life and with God — which is death to your soul.
“Lust in final form spends everything
To purchase headstones.
All passions die in graveyards.”(“A Symphony in Sand,” quoted in Christianity Today Magazine, 24 September 1990, “Reflections,” p.41.)
Fix your eyes again on your blessed Jesus. He is full of grace and goodness; trust Him. Be satisfied. Be thankful.”

-from p.46 of “Fix Your Eyes On Jesus” by Anne Ortlund.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

“11) For no man can lay another foundation than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12) Now if any man build upon this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble,
13) every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the Day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall test every man’s work of what sort it is.
14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereon, he shall receive a reward.
15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as fire.”