Dallas Willard is a hero of mine. His book, The Divine Conspiracy, opened up a completely new way of living out the Christian life for me. Before I discovered Willard I was searching for a deeper, more meaningful faith that I didn’t know was possible. Willard introduced me to what discipleship was really all about and showed me that Jesus and his teachings can radically reshape my life if I just give him the opportunity. With very little effort, I am able to memorize quotes from Willard and they have helped in many ways. Below, you will see some of my favorite Willard quotes that just came off the top of my head.
“Discipleship is becoming the person that Jesus would be if he were I.”
“Grace is God’s action in my life to accomplish what I cannot accomplish on my own.”
“Faith cannot grow on hype.”
“Ruthlessly remove hurry from your life.”
“Hope is anticipation of good not yet seen.”
“Faith is confidence based on reality.”
“God will let anyone into heaven who can stand it.”
“Grace is not opposed to effort it is opposed to earning.”
“It is not the sinner who uses up a lot of grace but the saint. A saint burns grace like a 747 on take off.”
“Jesus is the most intelligent man who ever lived.”
“The life we wanted is possible if will rearrange our life around the plans and practices of Jesus Christ.”
“Reality is what we learn when we find out that we are wrong.”
“Peace is the absence of will.”
If you are interested in reading more from Dallas Willard, I would suggest starting with Renovation of the Heart and then move to the Divine Conspiracy. There is also a good daily devotional with portions of Willard’s works in bite size form.
You have placed your trust in a man’s words, not God’s words.
Psalms 119:99 “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”
Psalms 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
My friend, turn to the word of God, trust in Him with all your heart.
You are exactly right burl. But we do not live in a vacuum, we need guides, teachers, and helpers who will point us to Christ, who is the word. Thank you for your comment.
Loved your post! The Divine Conspiracy changed my life also, though I’d been a Christian for forty years. Dallas Willard puts God’s word into the context we can sink our teeth into and points us to actual discipleship in Christ.