Salvation is not a cafeteria where you take what you want and leave the rest. You cannot take Christ as Saviour and refuse Him as Lord and be saved.
Well do I remember as I put myself, my life, my friends, my all upon the altar, the deep solemnity that came over my soul with the assurance that my offering was accepted. The presence of God became unutterably real and blessed, and I remember stretching myself on the ground and lying there before Him with unspeakable awe and unspeakable joy. For what service I was accepted I knew not, but a deep consciousness that I was not my own took possession of me which has never since been effaced.
Walter L. Moore:
A mother warned her son, who was entering the Air Corps, *Son, fly low and slow.* It was foolish advice. Aviation requires speed and altitude for safety. There must be complete renunciation of the earth for the sky, or tragedy may result. Just so, the Christian life requires a clean break with earthbound thinking, and a complete committal to that which is heavenly. Life is an unproductive affair for many Christians because they are clinging too close to shore; they have not launched *out into the deep* at the word of the Master.
Inspection stickers used to have printed on the back *Drive carefully . . . the life you save may be your own.* That is the wisdom of men in a nutshell. What God says, on the other hand, is *The life you save is the life you lose.* In other words, the life you clutch, hoard, guard, and play safe with is in the end a life worth little to anybody, including yourself; and only a life given away for love*s sake is a life worth living. To bring his point home, God shows us a man who gave his life away to the extent of dying a national disgrace without a penny in the bank or a friend to his name. In terms of men*s wisdom, he was a perfect fool, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without making something like the same kind of fool of himself is laboring under not a cross but a delusion.
Lloyd John Ogilvie:
In the parables of the treasure and the pearl in Matthew 13 Jesus explained to those who believed in Him, the surpassing value of the Kingdom and the way to enter into the full joy of the reign and rule of God in their lives.
Lloyd John Ogilvie quoting God:
*Until you want what I want for you, you will be troubled in your views and your desires; easily displeased with yourself and others and out of harmony with me and yourself; full of reservation and distrust. If you give your heart totally to me, you will find peace and true contentment.* If we accept His offer, soon we will know what we want and want what we know. Our purpose will be to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.
Lloyd John Ogilvie:
Is there the possibility that we want our relationship with Him on our own terms? . . . God will bypass people who equivocate. . . . Our excuses echo in our souls. We have been confronted by the graciousness and severity of God. . . . Why do we trifle with the Almighty God?
Lloyd John Ogilvie:
We can try to use the Master and His power to fulfill our desires and plans for the people we love and still give Him the one place He will not accept: second place.
We are not free from the worldliness which puts self first and God nowhere.
M. R. DeHaan:
Note well the order of events: we give ourselves and what we have to Him; He takes the little and increases it; then we take it to others and are enriched ourselves beyond all imagination. It is not what we have but what we surrender to Him that counts. We can never give this poor old starving world a thing until we have first given ourselves to God.
Unknown: Whatever part of our life is not given to the Lord is wasted.
Wil R. Rice on Genesis 22:1: And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah: and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Lord of every thought and action,Peter Marshall: