A thought by Dallas Willard (2014-02-01) from his book, Renovation of the Heart: PuttingOn the Character of Christ (p. 103). NavPress. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
There are many different reasons why I believe God has given me the opportunity and challenge to write this particular blog. One of them is to expose you to information from difference sources to help you learn and grow in your life. As the writer of Proverbs says in chapter 11 verse 14 (Msg), “Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.”
Of course the Bible is the place we start, but then there are other writers who give us so much to learn from. I want to expose you to them.
As Dallas says, “Lack of information results in everything from unpleasant burdens to stark tragedies, across the entire range of human life. Not knowing about resources at a public library or on the Internet may mean that a scholar or writer or other professional person is deprived of needed materials or at least must obtain them at considerable effort or personal expense. In the past, doctors with unwashed hands unwittingly carried deadly germs, which caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of women from ‘child-bed fever.’ Failure to know what God is really like and what his law requires destroys the soul, ruins society, and leaves people to eternal ruin: ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4: 6, NRSV), and ‘A people without understanding comes to ruin’ (4: 14, NRSV). This is the tragic condition of Western culture today, which has put away the information about God that God himself has made available. Accordingly, the first task of Jesus in his earthly ministry was to proclaim God: to inform those around him of the availability of eternal life from God through himself.”
I find it so interesting how people live life totally on what they think without any impute from any other source. They don’t talk to people to learn, they don’t read, especially Christians who don’t read the Bible and Godly writers, they don’t search for information, they just think they know all they need to know. But there is so much other information and knowledge that God wants to give us to stretch us, to use us, to mature us to help us to live the tremendous life he has for us.
There is so much out there to help us in living the abundant life. So if you want to read more from Dallas Willard just click on the title of this book and it will take you to Amazon.com where you can buy it. You can also buy a Bible there if you need one.
So what are you reading that gives you something to think about and to help you grow?