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No permanence apart from God

I have to admit that from time to time, men of God who I have admired for years, all of a sudden go south in pretty much every area of their life – affairs, love their money, come up with weird theology and somehow seem to fall apart in their walk with God.

Should I be surprised?

When we lose our first love, when we forget that we are what God has made us, when we lose sight that this is not our home, I think that we step away from the foundation that comes when we serve God.  In fact, maybe that is why God gave, in so many different ways, the number one command – love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and with all your mind.  When that passion is lost and other loves seem to take over, the slippery slope towards a lost relationship with God has begun.

I love missions and have started posting thoughts about missions and am excited about the number of people viewing my site.  I recently was given two quotes – one blew me away the other made me cry.  Let me share them with you.

Nate Saint, 19 days before he was killed by those he was trying to reach with the gospel said, “God renew our vision of the lost and our responsibility to them… If God would grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short, we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ.”

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.” To that, Calvert replied, “We died before we came here.”

May our hearts each morning be renewed in our service and love for our Saviour.

 

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