Receive God in the place where you are, now

DALLAS WILLARD

Now, once you have received God into the place where you are at any and all times, you are ready, next, to do what pleases God on every occasion. Without him with you, you could never do that. The “with God” grounds the “do God.” From where we are coming as human beings, obeying Christ is really pretty scary and may cost us dearly, even to the point of losing our lives. But with him with us, we become able to see and do what is best. From the human side, once again, it is a matter of deciding to do the things Jesus said—really a matter of deciding, by God’s grace, to become the kind of person who does what he said. That immediately draws us into the context of his action where we know the eternal life flowing in us and around us. This is the spiritual life in Christ.

From Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge. Copyright © 2009 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

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