Live Dead Journey are notes from missionaries on the front lines. You can check out my book review by clicking here. One of the things that stood out to me was the focus of these “tour guides” on their time abiding with Jesus. Here are some quotes that share their heart on this.
“Abiding time is extravagant daily time with Jesus.” –Dick Brogden
“Jesus spent close to 90 percent of His life in a village of twelve families, and even His three years of ministry were characterized by time alone with the Father. Moses spent forty years in Midian and had multiple trips to the mountain with God. Paul spent thirteen years in preparation, some of it in the Arabian Desert, and prayed constantly. Adam, Joseph, David, Elijah, Daniel, Mary, John, and others all gave God extravagant time. When we examine the lives of any heroes of the faith, we can see that they lingered daily with Jesus.” –Dick Brogden
“Jesus has become my safe place. When stability is not present in life here, I can lean on Him. When friends are not constant, Jesus is. He knows what I need and provides everything. Jesus is enough for me.” –Joy Hawthorne
“I’ve learned that not spending time with Jesus today is one step in not spending time with Him tomorrow.” –Miriam Davis
“One thing I have discovered is that I can’t survive throughout the day on just one block of time with Jesus. So at some other point in my day, I spend time basking in His presence. … Abiding is a lifestyle.” –Eva Bridges
“To help draw out the lessons from a passage, I now look for the following. Is there:
- A command for me to obey?
- A promise for me to claim?
- A sin for me to avoid or repent of?
- An example for me to follow (good) or avoid (bad)?
- A truth to believe?
- A prayer to pray?” –Jeff Griffin
“I’ve realized that what I desire I become–Jesus is my desire, and I want to be like Him.” –Cathy Stone
“How extravagant are you toward Jesus with your time? Do you lavish time on Jesus? Do you give Jesus the most energetic and focused times of your day? Or do you tend to give Jesus the crumbs of your schedule?” –Dick Brogden