The most important things

July 26, 2006

You know how, if you have a chance for last words to someone, you try to communicate the most important things? For his final Sunday, our pastor did not preach a sermon. Instead, he simply read the following list aloud, without elaboration:

“My last words as pastor”

  1. Be humble.
  2. Learn to pray.
  3. Talk less and listen more.
  4. Make a place for silence and solitude in your life.
  5. Deny yourself.
  6. Beware of your culture.
  7. Always err on the side of grace with people.
  8. Forgive.
  9. Love God’s word.
  10. Love the church.
  11. Always do the right thing even if no one finds out or no one appreciates it.
  12. Be on the lookout for self-righteousness in your heart, because self-righteousness can disguise itself as righteousness.
  13. Remember, your Christianity and your relationship with God is something intended to be enjoyed.
  14. Remember, there is always more of God to be experienced.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

6 responses to The most important things

  1. No matter what one’s religion is, there’s a buncha good advice there.

  2. great stuff. thanks for typing it out and posting it…i needed that this morning.

  3. Great advice. 🙂

  4. that is one of the most beautiful and simple things i’ve ever read.
    i needed that so bad today

  5. I think that is wonderful.
    We need all out political leaders to do that for their conference speeches.
    You made me think.

  6. Matt: Thanks for coming by. Humility might be a tough sell among politicians! Heck, it’s hard for everyone — and so essential for anyone who would follow Jesus.