The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it's who you become. That's what you will take into eternity.— Dallas Willard
The most memorable Dallas Willard quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Few people arise in the morning as hungry for God as they are for cornflakes or toast and eggs.
Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.
The key, then, to loving God is to see Jesus, to hold him before the mind with as much fullness and clarity as possible. It is to adore him.
The aim of spiritual formation is not behavior modification but the transformation of all those aspects of you and me where behavior comes from...Circumcision of the heart.
A disciple is a learner, a student, an apprentice – a practitioner… Disciples of Jesus are people who do not just profess certain views as their own but apply their growing understanding of life in the Kingdom of the Heavens to every aspect of their life on earth.
Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices;
they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God.
As Augustine say clearly, God being God offends human pride.
If God is running the universe and has first claim on our lives, guess who isn't running the universe and does not get to have things as they please.
The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon.
Our failure to hear His voice when we want to is due to the fact that we do not in general want to hear it, that we want it only when we think we need it.
The more we pray, the more we think to pray, and as we see the results of prayer-the responses of our Father to our requests-our confidence in God's power spills over into other areas of our life.
A great part of the disaster of contemporary life lies in the fact that it is organized around feelings. People nearly always act on their feelings, and think it only right. The will is then left at the mercy of circumstances that evoke feelings. Christian spiritual formation today must squarely confront this fact and overcome it.
Spiritual formation for the Christian basically refers to the Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes like the inner being of Christ himself.
You cannot trust Jesus in areas in which you don't think him competent.
We are built to live in the kingdom of God. It is our natural habitat.
The hardest thing about leadership is the intimacy it requires.
God's aim in human history is the creation of an inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included as its primary sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.
The organized churches must become schools of spiritual discipline where Christians are taught how to own without treasuring (Matt. 6:21); how to possess without, like the "rich young ruler," being possessed (Mark 10:22); how to live simply, even frugally, though controlling great wealth and power.
Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.
Unless you have already put God first, for example, what you will have to do to be financially secure, impress other people, or fulfill your desires will invariably lead you against God's wishes. That is why the first of the Ten Commandments, “You shall have no gods who take priority over me,” is the first of the Ten Commandments.
We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.
The first act of love is always the giving of attention.
Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.
Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.
Spiritual formation cannot, in the nature of the case, be a 'private' thing, because it is a matter of whole-life transformation. You need to seek out others in your community who are pursuing the renovation of the heart.
We are unceasing spiritual beings with an eternal destiny in God's great universe.
We are invited to make a pilgrimage – into the heart and life of God.
A carefully cultivated heart will, assisted by the grace of God, foresee, forestall, or transform most of the painful situations before which others stand like helpless children saying “Why?
It would be strange if we came to shun the genuine simply because it resembled the counterfeit.
Thoughts are the place where we can and must begin to change.
There the light of God first begins to move upon us through the word of Christ, and there the divine Spirit begins to direct our will to God and his way.
Spiritual transformation into Christ-likeness in not going to happen unless we act... What transforms us is the will to obey Jesus Christ.
Kingdom praying and its efficacy is entirely a matter of the innermost heart's being totally open and honest before God. It is a matter of what we are saying with our whole being, moving with resolute intent and clarity of mind into the flow of God's action.
No one need worry about our getting the best of God in some bargain with him, or that we might somehow succeed in using him for our purposes. Anyone who thinks this is a problem has seriously underestimated the intelligence and agility of our Father in the heavens. He will not be tricked or cheated.
The kingdom of God is the true ecology of the human soul.
Happiness in reality consists only in rest, and not in being stirred up.
This instinct conflicts with the drive to diversion, and we develop the confused idea that leads people to aim at rest through excitement.
Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists, though because of powerful intellectual propaganda they continue to enjoy thinking of themselves as wildly individualistic and unbearably bright.
Spiritual formation in Christ moves us toward a total interchange of our ideas and images for his.
You can no more trust Jesus and not intend to obey him than you could trust your doctor and your auto mechanic and not intend to follow their advice. If you don't intend to follow their advice, you simply don't trust them. Period.
The people to whom we minister and speak will not recall 99 percent of what we say to them, but they will never forget the kind of persons we are.
Business is a primary arrangement on God's part for people to love one another and serve one another.
If we allow everything access to our mind, we are simply asking to be kept in a state of mental turmoil or bondage. For nothing enters the mind without having an effect for good or evil.
"Spirituality" wrongly understood or pursued is a major source of human misery and rebellion against God.
It's very difficult to be right about something without hurting someone with it.
The basic question 'will I obey Christ 's teaching?' is rarely taken as a serious issue. For example, to take one of Jesus' commands, that is relevant to contemporary life, I don't know of any church that actually teaches a church how to bless people who curse them, yet this is a clear command.
Great faith, like great strength in general, is revealed by the ease of its workings. Most of what we think we see as the struggle OF faith is really the struggle to act as IF we had faith when in fact we do not.
There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas This is never more true than with our ideas about God.
The open secret of many Bible believing Churches is that a vanishingly small percentage of those talking about prayer and Bible reading are actually doing what they are talking about.
Relations between parents and children and siblings and mates.
This is not external. We can't separate them.
The core of the person is what he or she loves, and that is bound up with what they worship - that insight recalibrates the radar for cultural analysis. The rituals and practices that form our loves spill out well beyond the sanctuary. Many secular liturgies are trying to get us to love some other kingdom and some other gods.
As we reach out to God, we get another source of strength.
Two ways of thinking: Human kingdom and human cleverness or God's kingdom and God's cleverness