Monday 2 December 2013

Entering God's Rest by Dan Stone

"Entering God's Rest" is the last chapter of Dan Stone's book, "The Rest of the Gospel, When the Partial Gospel has Worn You Out"

We are on a lifelong -- no, eternal -- pilgrimage of discovering and knowing God and His nature, His love, His ways.

Along the way of that pilgrimage, we drop the outer things one by one. They lie strewn along the road behind us, no longer useful for the journey. They were all prefaced by the pronoun "my." My wife, my husband, my children, my home, my job, my friends, my church. They gave us our identity. But we have shifted to a new source of identity. In the end, God can give us back many of the things we had to lose along the way, because we don't need them anymore. They are no longer life to us. Christ is our life, and we will settle for nothing less.

Now we are truly liberated. We are God's free persons. We can have the world's possessions and it's OK. We can lack the world's possessions and it's OK. We can have status and it's OK. We can lack status and it's OK. We can be with people or with no one and it's OK. We "have learned to be content in whatever circumstances" (Philippians 4:11). We reign with Him in life. - Dan Stone

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