Alright friends, this is it. My review of the last chapter of Dallas Willard’s book, Divine Conspiracy. You can see my review for all 10 chapters here. This has been a great book, albeit far longer (and wordier) than necessary. My hope in blogging through each chapter is that I have provided a reader’s digest version for those of you who don’t have the desire to plow through the entire thing.
One of the things that Willard develops brilliantly throughout the book is the motive behind our actions. Often in Christianity we talk of things that we should do without examining why we should do them. This produces legalism at best and at worst it becomes a stale set of rules that disengages the person from the living God. In fact, the reality is that the things we do to get closer to God often become the things that actually drive us farther away from Him. If it doesn’t stem from the right reasons, the actions themselves can be have the opposite effect as desired. Again, as Willard describes it: