Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Beyond the Shadowlands Part 2


Continuing our Youth Sunday School study of Beyond the Shadowlands by Wayne Martindale, we have been moved by the idea that what we do here on earth matters in eternity, every obscure obedience and self giving matters and is in fact a step in us becoming who we are meant to be, truly human...

"And what else are we afraid of? We are afraid of giving up the self. It is true, of course, that we must die to self. It is Jesus himself who calls us to unconditional surrender. He insists on making us perfect. In the final analysis, he won't settle for anything else. But dying to self does not mean the death of self hood. We become more ourselves in Christ. In fact, when we insist on making ourselves the center, the result is pathology."

"In his masterful chapter on "Pride", Lewis suggests that all sins come from this one. Pride is at the bottom of other sins because "it is the complete anti-God state of mind" and is "in competition with everyone else's pride"."

It has been a compelling read and study, more quotes and thoughts to come...

3 comments:

Timothy Nightingale said...

It is certainly something worth noting, our inability to get over ourselves, always looking out for number one, i have no solutions...

Gil said...

Great stuff, this is one of the most hopeful books I have read. "Every obscure obedience" is remembered, nothing is lost. Well said.

Paul Morgun said...

Tim the awesome part is that we have Hope!

Gil, I agree this is one of the most hopeful books...it is definitely highly recommended from this reader!