“It takes a transformed people to transform the world.”
I loved this chapter because I loved hearing Rich’s story, his journey about his denial of Jesus, the “Easter Bunny” line he used. I can relate to his religion of self-reliance. It’s fairly easy for me to slip into that. I often think, “I’ll just do it myself” in a lot of life situations which quite frankly has never once served me well in the long run.
I also started to become really convicted in the middle-end of the chapter. Did you?
A couple things I have underlined – “The thing about truth that is most annoying is that it is true, making anything that contradicts it false. Christ is either God incarnate, risen from the dad, or He is not.” I love this. Absolutely love it. I never stopped to think about the implications of this though until I read this book. Although I had always desired or said I desired more of Him, I believe He was requiring more – more action from me. The concept of “His teachings become the operating system of our lives.”
I hadn’t until this chapter really figured out that I had been living with a hole in my gospel. It was one of the reasons I wanted to share this book with others. To gain even more perspective, to hold myself accountable.
Gary Gulbranson’s quote of “It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s what you believe enough to do.” has stuck with me for months. Action. Doing. It all matters, yes. But only what we do.
I have read 1 John before and even the verses that Rich quoted, esp this part – “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” I always read that and thought, “Well I’ll do my part, but I’m no Bill Gates… Until… I came upon the Global Rich List a few years ago. Go ahead and click on the link, enter in your income. As it turns out: