Deuteronomy 3:23-24, “I also pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, ‘O Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?'”
Acts 17:32, “Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, “We shall hear you again concerning this.”
A Different Life
Coronado’s men explored the Great Plains from the south. Zebulon Pike explored them from the east. They all labeled those million of acres “The Great American Desert.” It was an illusion, of course, for they seethed and swarmed with a staggering multiplicity of life. Numerous grasses sustained fifty million buffalo and millions of other wild creatures, and nomadic peoples lived well on the limitless vistas. The critics did not comprehend what they were seeing.
Likewise, the secular mind cannot comprehend the Spirit-filled life. It sees faith as a compensatory hallucination of those who are unwilling to compete in life. How poorly the Christian life is understood, especially its two greatest implications: forgiveness and eternal life. In Christ, all faith is credited to and no sin is charged against our account. When life is over, an eternal life of activity in ceaseless rest begins, of labor in ceaseless ease.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
The truest end of life is to know the Life that never ends. — William Penn
The spiritual life… means the ever more perfect and willing association of the invisible human spirit with the invisible divine Spirit for all purposes. — Evelyn Underhill
I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good. — Donne
The whole aim of the science of perfection in Christ is to instruct men how to remove the hindrances in the way of the action of the Holy Spirit, and how to cultivate those virtues which are most favorable to His solicitations and inspirations. Thus the sum of spiritual life consists in observing and yielding to the movements of the Spirit of God in our soul, employing for this purpose all the exercises of prayer, spiritual reading, the practice of virtues, and good works. — Isaac T. Hecker