Monday, November 14, 2005

"I'm tired of American priorities! Who ever said your children would be safe in the call of God?"

A sermon has never made me cry...before. But John Piper's "Doing Missions When Dying is Gain" changed that. A friend told me it was the best sermon she had ever heard, and I might have to agree. The first time I listened, it was a Sunday night and I decided to alleviate my boredom by listening to this sermon while cleaning my room and writing a letter and doing other little tasks. But soon I found myself sucked in, sitting on my floor, paying rapt attention to my blank computer screen. And I ended up in tears.

Tonight we listened to it again, in small group. This time I took two pages of notes, but I missed so many other things I wanted to write down! It's good you guys, so good! It's been too long since I seriously considered the cost of following Christ, something each of us ought to often do. Amy Carmicheal said, "To any whom the Hand Divine is beckoning: count the cost, for He tells us too, but take your slate to the foot of the Cross and add up the figures there." The cost seems impossible--until you count it in the light of the cross. Than, for some reason, the suffering and danger pales in comparison. And oh! it makes me long for that deeper life, closer with Him, "further up and further in" as C.S. Lewis put it. Counting the cost never scares me away, but pulls me into deeper love for my Savior. For, as Piper put it in his three main points, "the promise is sure, the price (and the means) is suffering, and the prize is satisfying."

I can't tell you all that was said in the sermon, and, even if I could, you couldn't hear the pauses and inflection that bring the message to life. So, I'm pleading with you here, listen to it! Take some time, find a moment, sit down, and follow this link: (http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/desiring_god/) ...listen! OK?

"This mission is gonna be done--you can get on board or cop out and waste your life." -Piper

Abandon your small ambitions...
DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE!!

10 comments:

Cool Jake said...

Hey Jillian, thanks for putting my photo on my profile. Lydia said you printed that Count Olaf poster and put it up in Waldock. Are you reading any of the Lemony Snicket books down there?

Caleb said...
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Caleb said...

Oh, Jill. I thought those were two separate posts...

Now we definitely have to talk!

lydia said...

that sounds like a really good sermon jill! I am sooo glad I finally got to your blog! Our computer was fritzing out, so i couldn't go to your blog for like week.

Caleb said...

Jillian... I have come down with a sore throat... =(

Jillian said...

I'm sorry...

starting over said...

The safest place to be is in the middle of Gods will. ( I am not sure whose quote this is)

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