Discipleship Part XIn this series of posts, I am sharing some short thoughts from each chapter of Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission and then some brief personal reflections.
Chapter Nine: Living in the Vision of God
Willard quotes Nouwen, “nothing conflicts with the love of Christ like service to Christ” (94). In other words we live a life in God, for God, serving people and God does great things, but those things start to gain our attention more than God himself. What is required is that Christ becomes our first love again. As Thomas Watson has said, “the first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God. He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object. He who loves God is ravished and transported with the contemplation of Godâ€¦ God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart” (100).
It is easy for me to get so wrapped up in service, that I forget to simply stand in God’s presence, be enveloped by his love and be renewed by seeking his face.