Ravi Zacharias – The cost of sin and identifying our purpose in life – Let My People Think: Recapture the Wonder – EP2

The conclusion of Ravi’s message on the cost of sin and identifying our purpose in life.

See part 1 here – Ravi Zacharias – Let My People Think: Recapture the Wonder – Episode 1

Ravi Zacharias:

..you lose the sense of wonder, you lose the sense of gratitude. Not only will you lose the sense of gratitude, it will ultimately lose  the sense of obligation and limitation as well. You take away wonder and you will ultimately lose a sense of fulfillment.

We don’t like the 10 commandments. Why? Because they limit us. But, if you were to take the 10 commandments and reduce it to one word, do you know what that word is? SACRED. Your life is sacred, my life is sacred. I cannot violate you. Your property is sacred, your marriage is sacred, your time is sacred, your worship is sacred, that’s what the 10 commandments are all about- the sacredness of your life and your work and your relationships and your commitments. And if you desacralize life, everything becomes profane. Chesterton said, „Every time you remove a fence, always pause long enough to ask why it was put there in the first place.

The older you get, the more it takes to fill your heart with wonder. And only God is big enough to fill that heart. That’s why in December of 1968, when the human eye was given a glimpse of this earth, that no human eye had ever seen, when the American astronauts went on the dark side of the moon, we were all sitting with bated breaths in front of our televisions to watch what would happen and when we’d hear the first words. And they came around the dark side of the moon and saw earth rise over the horizon of the moon, draped in a beautiful mixture of blue and white, against the black void of space, garlanded by the glistening light of the sun, what were the first words coming from the astronaut? Unrehearsed? No philosopher, no poet, no scientist told him to say this. He looked at that earth from a distance and he said, „In the beginning, God…”

The sense of wonder, it’s needed. But, you know what? Life has a way of moving on and you come to a very difficult conclusion. The conclusion is this: You can’t always live with wonder. You can’t. You see the girl of your dreams, you put your hand in her hand, you look in her eyes and you think: one plus one would make  a million. And you stumble and you say the nicest words. You don’t look at her and say, „How would you like to be buried with my ancestors?” That’s not what you would say. You look at her and your heart is beating a mile a minute. My wife’s from Canada. I remember  my in-laws- when they were married, he was with the Canadian Air Force and became an engineer. She got mad at him because when they registered for their first night, for their honeymoon, he just put down Lt. H J C Reynolds. And she nudged him and said, „What about me?” He said, „I’m awfully sorry,” and he wrote down Mrs. and he apologized to her. He said to me, „Don’t make the same mistake I did.” So, I took their daughter and went to Niagara Falls, where we spent the first night of our honeymoon and boldly, I wrote Mr. & Mrs Ravi Zacharias. And she nudged me, because for the number in party, I put 1.

You’re walking in a dream, you’re walking in a cloud. And then comes the first disagreement. And when you come to the first disagreement, you’re absolutely convinced, if she would only listen to your wisdom, you’d both be right. And the years go by and you’re finding out that you’re not always floating on cloud 9. But, what keeps that commitment intact is not the feeling, but the fact of your commitment. And with wonder, if you only live with the enchantment, you’ll find out that these fairy stories are not true. They’re merely fantastic. What you need to find in life is that which is fantastically true. It’s not fantasy, but it’s fantastically true. So, the most important component in life is not merely the sense of wonder, but the recognition of what is ultimately true. (From the first 6 minutes, with aprox 20 min remaining)

VIDEO by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Ravi Zacharias – Let My People Think: Recapture the Wonder – Episode 1

Do you have a purpose in life? If sin can be defined as the violation of purpose then not knowing yours could be a red flag. What does God say about our purpose in life and how can we discover it? VIDEO by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Ravi Zacharias – Can Man Live without God? + some quotes

Read more quotes and/or buy the books here- http://www.goodreads.com/

‘Can Man Live Without God?’

  1. “It is easier to hide behind philosophical arguments, heavily footnoted for effect, than it is to admit our hurts, our confusions, our loves, and our passions in the marketplace of life’s heartfelt transactions.”
  2. “I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.”
  3. “Truth has been relegated to subjectivity; beauty has been subjugated to the beholder; and as millions are idiotized night after night, a global commune has been constructed with the arts enjoying a totalitarian rule.”
  4. “For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life.”
  5. “The loss of something that is never thought of, felt, or sought for when lost is not a loss at all.”

Description for the book (Amazon):

In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God’s existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God’s existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

VIDEO by jasonofthel33t

Recapture the Wonder

  • “In the 1950s kids lost their innocence. They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term –the generation gap.
  • In the 1960s, kids lost their authority. It was a decade of protest–church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
  • In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self. Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion….It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
  • In the 1980s, kids lost their hope. Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
  • In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
  • In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
  • “Dragoste gratuită nu există; dragostea este expresia cea mai costisitoare din lume. Dar lucrul minunat este că prețul ei a fost plătit deja.”
  • “Of all the religions in the world, there is none with the wealth of music that the Christian faith offers.”
  • “The world is larger and more beautiful than my little struggle.”
Description for the book (Amazon):
Zacharias invites readers to break free from the weariness and cynicism of life to enjoy God’s amazing promise of childlike joy.

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