Last week, Jennifer asked
When has a book changed you or your thoughts about yourself?
I didn’t need to tax my brain on that one. There are many books that have changed my life, and one I’m currently reading, Be Last: Descending to Greatness by Jeremy Kingsley, has rocked my world.
I shared on my blog one effect this book has had on my life and my service for God. I have flagged the pages that have resonated with my soul…and there are many. For example:
One’s “spirituality” or “religion” should not become an excuse for avoiding opportunities to show compassion. Those who obey Jesus’ commands to love their neighbors and to treat others as they themselves desire to be treated do not avoid bloody, hurting, down-and-outers simply because of concern for themselves.
And then there was this:
…you may come to the conclusion that being used by God is optional rather than imperative. You may think that God will figure out a way to accomplish his purposes even if you don’t step up and offer your life. The fact is, God can certainly perform amazing miracles without you, but statistically speaking, the Bible tells us that his favorite way to reach people is through other people. He can use other things, but he loves to use people…Every one of us is just the right person for the job – if we want to be.(Emphasis mine)
Kingsley walks us through Scripture to give us Biblical examples of being last…none greater than Jesus Himself. Each chapter points to a different area in our lives where we can put being last into practice: living a life of mercy, confession, sacrifice, love and submission. Not easy to do, yet the rewards are great.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
~Matthew 19:29-30 (NIV)
I’ve been pouring through this book slowly, because Kingsley packs such a punch in every chapter. Perhaps it’s just the place I am in my life, but I think that Be Last will meet any reader at his/her point of need and make an undeniable impact upon your life.
Melissa has been captivated by books for as long as she can remember. She resides in Virginia and at Breath of Life.