“To follow Jesus doesn’t remove us from the stuff of life. It is not resolution. It is tension and journey. First John 2:6 states, “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did” (NIV). Jesus was in the world, engaged, alive, involved, making a difference. To follow Him, we must do the same. His prayer for us in John 17 is “Not that you take them out of the world…” and “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (verses 15,18, NIV). Thsiis what God has done for us. He has come into our condition. He has come to bring us back. He has come and embraced us.”…”And others will walk out of dark places and see you standing there, arms outstretched, given completely to this hope.”
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, (G) ”Let him who is without sin among you(H) be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, (I)“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on(J) sin no more.”]]
How often I forget that I am redeemed by Him!
Chapter 9 (Missions) - The Battle Cry of Christian Hedonism
“Missions is the automatic outflow and overflow of love for Christ. We delight to enlarge our joy in Him by extending it to others. As Lottie Moon said, “Surely there can be no deeper joy than that of saving souls.”
Mark 10:29-30 - Jesus rebuked Peter’s sacrificial spirit.
Missionaries are not heroes who can boast in great sacrifice for God. They are true Christian Hedonists. They know that the battle cry of Christian Hedonism is missions. They have discovered a hundred times more joy and satisfaction in a life devoted to Christ and the gospel than in a life devoted to frivolous comforts and pleasures and worldly advancements.
Jim Elliot - “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Chapter 6 - Prayer (The Power of Christian Hedonism)
“God is not looking for people to work for Him, so much as He is looking for people who will let Him work for them. The gospel is not a help-wanted ad. Neither is the call to Christian service. On the contrary, the gospel commands us to give up and hang out a help-wanted sign (this is the basic meaning of prayer). Then the gospel promises that God will work for us if we do. He will not surrender glory of being the Giver.”