My gravest warning for a pioneer (though this applies to any
believer) is the hazard of duty without beauty. If Jesus Himself needed to
withdraw from crowds to be with His Father, and could not manage a ministry of
relief and humanitarian aid without a plumb line of prayer, we certainly cannot
either, and should not try.
Stephanie Quick, To
Trace A Rising Sun, p. 215.
I am convinced, that for all the demands and all the needs
and all the opportunities to love and minister and serve, the challenge of our
hearts throughout the rest of this age is not primarily to love ourselves and
our neighbor. That is a secondary challenge. The challenge of our hearts in
this age is to love our Maker, our Husband, and no other.
Stephanie Quick, To
Trace A Rising Sun, p. 214-215.
We do not pray to get His attention. Scripture tells us we already have it. We pray to pry our white knuckles off control of our own lives and cast ourselves headlong into the caring and controlling hands that took the nails that had our names on them at the Place of the Skull
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 23.
It is imperative, then, that we behold the Person of Jesus as revealed through every page of Scripture from beginning to end. What we discover about Him will orient our lives around His light like planets around the blazing sun; inevitably, revelation of who He is will lead us to make decisions that don’t make sense unless we will be raised from the dead.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19-20.
This age isn’t about our salvation. It is about the revelation of the God who saves. To know His Name is to know who He is and what He is like. It is to know Him. Knowing Him brings us back to life. Knowing Him restores heartbeats to walking corpses and injects purpose into our pulses. We are made for Him, through Him, and by Him; in His Image and for His purposes. In knowing Him, we meet, find, and mine out our truest selves.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19.
[Alexander] Duff and his friends were provoked by men like William Cary, who’d sailed to the other side of the world to tell people who didn’t know about Jesus about Jesus. They dug into the Scriptures, read a bunch of missionary biographies, prayed together, ate together, and wrestled through it all together. Many of them concluded the burden of responsibility for stewarding the Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom fell upon them simply because they were members and ambassadors of the Kingdom. None felt called to preach or pioneer. They just couldn’t shake the testimony of the Word of God that Jesus was worth it and the unreached deserve it.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 10.