34 Best Dallas Willard Quotes

34 Best Dallas Willard Quotes

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>Dallas Willard was an American philosopher. He wrote and published many inspiring books on philosophy as well as religion. One of his most famous books, The Divine Conspiracy, was Christian Today’s book of the year in 1999. Willard died on May 8th, 2013 after a rough battle with cancer.

“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?” ”

“Actions are not impostions on who we are, but are expressions of who we are. They come out of our heart and the inner realities it supervises and interacts with.”

“And the God who hears is also the one who speaks. He has spoken and is still speaking. Humanity remains his project, not its own, and his initiatives are always at work among us.”

“Discipleship’ as a term has lost its content, and this is one reason why it has been moved aside. I’ve tried to redeem the idea of discipleship, and I think it can be done; you have to get it out of the contemporary mode.”

“Does the Gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus? Would those who believe it become his apprentices as a natural ‘next step’? What can we reasonably expect would result from people actually believing the substance of my message?”

“God inducts us into the eternal kind of life that flows through himself. He does this first by bringing that life to bear upon our needs, and then by diffusing it throughout our deeds – deeds done with expectation that he and his Father will act with and in our actions.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Human beings are at their core defined by what they worship rather than primarily by what they think, know, or believe. That is bound up with the central Augustinian claim that we are what we love.”

“I think that, when I die, it might be some time until I know it.”

“If you don’t have a teacher you can’t have a disciple.”

“I’m practicing the discipline of not having to have the last word.”

“In accord with his original intent, the heavenly Father has in fact prepared an individualized kingdom for every person, from the outset of creation.”

“In many cases, our need to wonder about or be told what God wants in a certain situation is nothing short of a clear indication of how little we are engaged in His work.”

“Individually the disciple and friend of Jesus who has learned to work shoulder to shoulder with his or her Lord stands in this world as a point of contact between heaven and earth, a kind of Jacob’s ladder by which the angels of God may ascend from and descend into human life. Thus the disciple stands as an envoy or a receiver by which the kingdom of God is conveyed into every quarter of human affairs.”

“Jesus, Willard says, “does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.”

“Other kingdoms are still present on earth along with the kingdom of the heavens. That is the human condition.”

“Reality is what you can count on.”

“Sometimes we get caught up in trying to glorify God by praising what He can do and we lose sight of the practical point of what He actually does do.”

“Suppose our failures occur, not in spite of what we are doing, but precisely because of it.”

“The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with Himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.”

“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.”

“The command is “Do no work.” Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don’t have to DO to BE. accept the grace of doing nothing. Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming.”

“The greatest challenge the church faces today is to be authentic disciples of Jesus.”

“The union Christ had with the Father was the greatest that we can conceive of in this life—if indeed we can conceive of it.”

“Those who have been touched by forgiveness and new life and have thus entered into God’s rule become, like Jesus, bearers of that rule.”

“We are invited to make a pilgrimage – into the heart and life of God.”

“We Christians should be aware that there’s something at stake in cultural participation that we wouldn’t have been concerned about if all we did was worry about the messages in culture.”

“What a child does when not told what to do is the final indicator of what and who that child is.”

“What is truly profound is thought to be stupid and trivial, or worse, boring, while what is actually stupid and trivial is thought to be profound. That is what it means to fly upside down.”

“What we can do with these means (our own unassisted strength) is still very small compared to what we could do in acting in union with God himself, who created and ultimately controls all other forces.”

“When Jesus directs us to pray, “Thy kingdom come,” he does not mean we should pray for it to come into existence.”

“When we receive God’s gift of life by relying on Christ, we find that God comes to act with us as we rely on him in our actions.”

“When we talk about loving your enemy here, it means something. And we’re not sure that you can do that.”