Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Sacrifice

"Where are the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap (Rev 12v11), and be faithful even unto death?
Where are those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake – flinging them away for love of Him?
Where are those who will live dangerously, and be reckless in His service (Acts15v26)?
Where are his lovers – those who love Him and the souls of men more than their own reputations or comfort, or very life?
Where are the men who say “no” to self, who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after Him who are willing to be nailed to it in college or office, home or mission field; who are willing, if need be, to bleed, to suffer, and to die on it?
Where are the men and women of vision today?
Where are the men of enduring vision?
Where are the men and women who have seen the King in His beauty, by whom from henceforth all else is counted but refuse that they may win Christ?
Where are the adventurers, the explorers, the buccaneers for God who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire?
Where are the men who glory in God-sent loneliness, difficulties, persecutions, misunderstandings, discipline, sacrifice, death?
Where are the men and women who are willing to pay the price of vision?
Where are the men and women of prayer?
Where are the men and women who, like the Psalmist of old, count God’s Word of more importance to them than their daily food?
Where are the men and women who, like Moses of old, commune with God face to face as a man speaks with his friend, and unmistakably bear with them the fragrance of the meeting through the day?
Where are God’s men and women in this day of God’s power?"
Howard Guinness, Sacrifice, IVP

5 comments:

  1. Dave,
    When I look at this list, it looks huge, almost impossible to answer all those questions, especially doing all of them at the same time.

    Problem I have is, there is not enough time in the day to do them all.

    Thankfully, Jesus Christ fulfilled and will fulfill all the prophecies in the Old Testament, He can surely handle these questions. In Christ, I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

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  2. Its the end of the last chapter of Howard Guiness' book Sacrifice... the question is huge - and praise God for Jesus who fulfills all God's purposes and strengthens us!

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  3. It's an awesome agenda. And I'm seeing some rather striking silimilaries between this and the 24-7 "vision" statement.

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