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Life in the Kingdom

So life in the kingdom is not just a matter of not doing what is wrong. The apprentices of Jesus are primarily occupied with the positive good that can be done during their days "under the sun" and the positive strengths and virtues that they develop in themselves as they grow toward "the kingdom prepared for them from the foundations of the world" (Matt. 25:34). What they, and God, get out their lifetime is chiefly the person they become. And that is why their real life is so important.

The cultivation of oneself, one's family, one's workplace and community—especially the community of believers—thus becomes the center of focus for the apprentice's joint life with his or her teacher. It is with this entire context in view that we most richly and accurately speak of "learning from him how to lead my life as he would lead my life if he were I."

—Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy

This sort of life is so much richer than "What Would Jesus Do?"


I'm appreciating that book oh-so-greatly. It lets me taste the richness of the kingdom...
I read The Divine Conspiracy for one of my counseling classes at Liberty, and I really liked it, even though it was a challenge to read. I want to read it again, and hopfully understand it a little better the second time around.

Have you read the second book? I forget what It's called, but it has a similar look at Divine Conspiracy.
nice, thanks for sharing that.
i'm going to have to read the book now. :D