Let goodwill and love outperform other agendas

Dallas Willard

As disciples of Jesus, following in his footsteps, this is what we must know and do as well. This is the great The Divine Conspiracy. To have this humble, peaceful, wise, and loving festival of goodwill overwhelm every competing agenda, fearful scheme, or desperate plan to build our lives on the shifting sands of arrogance or ignorance. Such lonely acts of despair are forged only by those whose ears and deaf to the music and eyes blind to the beauty of the symphonic plenitude on which God has set all creation. Such a God comes to the weary and burdened to whisper hope in our ear. “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1 John 3:18-20). No greater meaning can be found to human existence than what God has appointed to those who know and love him and his ways with their entire being. This is the church’s greatest opportunity—to model, demonstrate, and manifest the fruits of such a life as both a witness and a beneficiary of God’s overflowing goodness and agape love.

From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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