Note: I am re-reading Dallas Willard’s book, The Divine Conspiracy. Over the next several weeks’ I’ll be posting my reflections as I make my way through a book that changed my life nearly a decade ago.
In the first chapter, Entering the Eternal Kind of Life Now, Dallas Willard develops several key themes that he uses in the rest of the book. Here are some key themes I see:
1. The Invitation of Jesus Christ
Our world is flying morally upside down. We’re like the pilot who crashed her plane into the ground. She was flying upside down, but didn’t know what direction she was travelling. We don’t know our direction either. We don’t know what’s right, nor do we know how to do what’s right. We don’t have the proper instrumentation to guide us through life. The good news? Jesus can show us the way home. As Willard writes, “We have received an invitation. We are invited to make a pilgrimage—into the heart and life of God.”. This compass is Jesus himself. He’s our way into the Kingdom of God. He goes on to say:
The invitation has long been on public record. You can hardly look anywhere across the human scene and not encounter it. It is “literally blowing in the wind.” A door of welcome seems open to everyone without exception. No person or circumstance other than our own decision can keep us away. “Whosoever will may come.” (p. 11) Continue reading 'Tuesdays with Willard – Chapter One [Pt. 1]'»