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The awesome sense of the greatness of God and the cosmic and eternal proportions of the work that He is doing seems largely absent from Christianity today. Could this be why so many carry the self-imposed burdens of man-made â€œprogramsâ€ they are trying to put into effect in order to â€œlive victorious livesâ€ or to â€œadvance the cause of Christâ€? When we see that the task is totally beyond our capabilities, then we cease from our striving and begin to allow Him to work in and through us by His mighty power.
Many object to this heavenly/eternal perspective as â€œpie-in-the-sky in the sweet by-and-byâ€ talk. There are warnings about being so â€œheavenly mindedâ€ that one is of â€œno earthly good.â€ We must be practical, so the argument goes, meeting first of all the earthly needs of ourselves and of others and doing our best to make this world a better place for everyone.Yet Christ himself continually turned the focus of His followers from earth to heaven.
Throughout Scripture, we are counseled to live at all times with the understanding that life on this earth is very brief and is followed by an eternal existence of either indescribable bliss in Godâ€™s presence or unbearable agony in separation from Him. Peter declares that the knowledge that â€œthe heavens shall pass away with a great noiseâ€¦[and] the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned upâ€ (2 Peter 3:10) causes us to live godly lives. And John adds that the hope of being transformed into His likeness when He shall appear causes us to purify ourselves (1 John 3:2,3). Many would have us believe that self-love is the answer to the worldâ€™s ills. Both Christian leaders and the unsaved are teaching and preaching this lie. In fact, it is self-love that has wrought the ills of the world: greed, lust, envy, and strife. What we actually need is a passionate love for God and His Word, turning us from earthly ambitions to heavenly hope. Not even a kingdom ruled by Christ on this earth is our hope, but heaven itself.
What's new in this book?
This beautiful hardback edition includes the revised and expanded content ofÂ Seeking and Finding GodÂ (Daveâ€™s favorite evangelistic book), which was originally derived from an earlier edition ofÂ An Urgent Call. This edition is aimed at believers who understand the times and who desire to be equipped from Godâ€™s Word to minister effectively today. â€œWherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evilâ€ â€” Ephesians 5:14-16.
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