The first law of life

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For the first law of life is this; You must lose your life to find it. If you find it by centering on yourself, in no matter how religious a way, you will lose it. It will disintegrate through conflict. You are an off-centered person—“ecc-centric.” The universe doesn’t back that way of life. Hence you always are “up against it.” But when to decide “to belong”—to surrender to Christ and make Him the center—then you are not up against it”; you’re “with it”; the sum total of reality works with you and not against you. You are aligned.

When you belong to Jesus Christ,
“then everything belongs to you”—
everything works with you and for you.

Only evil, which is “live” spelled backwards, works against you.

–E. Stanley Jones
The Way to Power and Poise

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Belonging to Jesus Christ

When you most belong to Him, you most belong to yourself. Lowest at His feet you stand straightest before everything else. Bound to Him you walk the earth free. Fearing Him you are afraid of nothing else. You bow to Him, but you do not bow to anything else. You are God’s freeman, for you are God’s slave. The strongest persons are those most surrendered to themselves. This works with a mathematical precision, and there are no exceptions. If you are centered in yourself, you are a problem—if you are centered in God, you are a person.

–E. Stanley Jones (1884–1973)

Attached to a Person

In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action — you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things… You are not called to get to heaven, to do good, or to be good — you are called to belong to Jesus Christ. The doing good, the being good, and the getting to heaven, are the by-products of that belonging. The center of conversion is the belonging of a person to a Person.

–E. Stanley Jones

Following a Person

In conversion you are not attached primarily to an order, nor to an institution, nor a movement, nor a set of beliefs, nor a code of action–you are attached primarily to a Person, and secondarily to these other things… You are not called to get to heaven, to do good, or to be good–you are called to belong to Jesus Christ. The doing good, the being good, and the getting to heaven, are the by-products of that belonging. The center of conversion is the belonging of a person to a Person.

–E. Stanley Jones (1884–1973)

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