Dallas Willard: Life without lack

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Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

“Lord Jesus Christ, we are so thankful that You have said, “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” We are so thankful for the ease with which You walked upon this earth, the generosity and kindness You showed to people, the devotion with which You cared for those who were out of the way and in trouble, the extent to which You even loved Your enemies and laid down Your life for them. We are so thankful to believe that this is a life for us, a life without lack, a life of sufficiency. It’s so clear in You, the sufficiency of Your Father and the fullness of life that was poured through You, and we’re so thankful that You have promised that same love, that same life, that same joy, that same power for us. Lord, slip up on us today. Get past our defenses, our worries, our concerns. Gently open our souls, and speak Your Word into them. We believe You want to do it, and we wait for You to do it now. In Your name, amen.”

Dallas Willard (1935-2013) in Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2018) xiii.

Today’s post comes from another great professor. I’ve read many of his books and got to spend time with him on one unforgettable occasion. This prayer opens the book that beckons us to live in light of the realities of Psalm 23. I think it’s a great prayer for starting 2019. Read it again. What stirs within you?

Do you desire to walk with ease on the earth and show generosity and kindness? Do you believe there is such a thing as life without lack? Have you taken hold of the love, life, joy, and power of Jesus? Read the prayer again, and read Psalm 23 too.

We cannot walk with ease and show kindness to others until we have taken hold of the fact that in Jesus we have everything need. Life still has troubles, but we have a Good Shepherd to guide us. Once we get this, we can thrive and bless others with kindness as He did. Take two minutes to express your gratitude today.

This morning I fly to Chicago to teach “Faith and Finances” at Northern Seminary this weekend. I aim to touch 27 lives with the truth, kindness, and generosity of Jesus. Most have fears, so Jesus, empower me to help them grasp life without lack so they will serve as conduits of truth, kindness, and generosity. Amen.