Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a conversation with Sister Wanda.
While she and I were discussing life in general, and reflecting on how empty and vain the life of a disobedient child of God is, Sister Wanda had a wonderful thought from God. She sat up in her chair suddenly and exclaimed, "A happy life is a holy Ghost-filled, God-willed life!"
This is true. The most miserable life on earth is not that of an unconverted sinner. The most miserable life on earth is that of a child of God who has wandered away from his spiritual home and is living a life of sin. But the happiest people on earth are those who are not only born of the Spirit but are also walking in it. Their lives, as my dear sister in Christ said, are both holy Ghost filled and God-willed.
Jesus said, "Many are called but few are chosen." By "chosen", the Lord was referring to the kind of people Sister Wanda was describing as most happy. Everyone who is "called" by God receives the holy Ghost, but only some of those who receive the holy Ghost will afterward live a "God-willed" life and be saved in the end.
I love holy thoughts such as God gave Sister Wanda. They are pure. They make us wise. And they will be true forever.