J. Oswald Sanders quotes

  • True leadership is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Giving #Service To Others #Found

  • The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Men #Kingdoms #Caution

  • It is impossible for a believer, no matter what his experience, to keep right with God if he will not take the trouble to spend time with God. Spend plenty of time with him; let other things go, but don't neglect Him.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Matter #Impossible #Trouble

  • If we are meticulously careful with the use of the days, the years will take care of themselves.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Inspiration #Years #Use

  • True greatness,true leadership,is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. Often it comes with a painful baptism of suffering. But the true spiritual leader is focused on the service he and she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Spiritual #Greatness #Office

  • Most men are notable for one conspicuous virtue or grace - Moses for meekness, Job for patience, John for love. But, in Jesus you find everything.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Christian #Jesus #Jobs

  • We should always aim to read something different=not only the writers with whom we agree, but those with whom we are ready to do battle. Their point of view challenges us to examine the truth and to test their views...and let us not comment on nor criticize writers of whom we have heard only second-hand, or third-hand without troubling to read their works for ourselves...Don't be afraid of new ideas.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Views #Hands #Ideas

  • God is always at work, though we cannot see it, preparing people he has chosen for leadership. When the crisis comes, God fits His appointee into the place ordained for him.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leadership #People #Fit

  • There is no conceivable situation in which it is not safe to trust God.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Safe #Trust In God #Situation

  • If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is reflected in the books he reads.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Book #Character #Men

  • Once the joy of intimacy with God has been experienced, life becomes unbearable without it.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Joy #Unbearable #Intimacy

  • There is no such thing as a self made spiritual leader. He is able to influence others spiritually only because the Spirit is able to work in and through him to a greater degree than in those he leads.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Spiritual #Self #Leader

  • I have seen the face of Jesus,      Tell me not of aught beside, I have heard the voice of Jesus,      All my soul is satisfied. All around is earthly splendour      Earthly scenes lie fair and bright. But mine eyes no longer see them,      For the glory of that light. Light that knows no cloud, no waning,      Light wherein I see His face, All His love’s uncounted treasures,      All the riches of His grace.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Jesus #Lying #Eye

  • A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leader #Visionaries #May

  • Sacrifice is the ecstasy of giving the best we have to the One we love most.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Sacrifice #Giving #Ecstasy

  • Desiring to excel is not a sin. It is motivation that determines ambition's character. Our Lord never taught against the urge to high achievement, but He did expose and condemn unworthy motivation.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leadership #Motivation #Ambition

  • If you would rather pick a fight than solve a problem, do not consider leading the church
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Fighting #Church #Problem

  • Ambition that centers on the glory of God and welfare of the church is a mighty force for good.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Ambition #Church #Welfare

  • A great deal more failure is the result of an excess of caution than of bold experimentation with new ideas. The frontiers of the Kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Men #Ideas #Excess

  • True leaders must be willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enough to demand their wholehearted obedience.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leader #Suffering #Demand

  • True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one's service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Men #Greatness #Giving

  • We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be. True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Pay #Moments #Intimacy

  • Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Christian #Believe #Soul

  • Before we can conquer the world, we must first conquer the self.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Self #World #Firsts

  • Eyes that look are common; eyes that see are rare.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Eye #Looks #Common

  • Leadership is the ability to recognize the special abilities and limitations of others, combined with the capacity to fit each one into the job where he will do his best.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Motivational #Jobs #Special

  • Each of us is as full of the Spirit as we really want to be.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Want #Spirit

  • If Jesus is not God, then there is no Christianity, and we who worship Him are nothing more than idolaters. Conversely, if He is God, those who say He was merely a good man, or even the best of men, are blasphemers. More serious still, if He is not God, then He is a blasphemer in the fullest sense of the word. If He is not God, He is not even good.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Jesus #Men #Good Man

  • The secular mind and heart, however gifted and personally charming, has no place in the leadership of the church.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Heart #Mind #Church

  • If a Christian is not willing to rise early and work late, to expend greater effort in diligent study and faithful work, that person will not change a generation. Fatigue is the price of leadership. Mediocrity is the result of never getting tired.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Christian #Tired #Effort

  • It is conceivable that God might have ordained to preach the Gospel directly to man through dreams, visions and revelations. But as a matter of fact, He has not done this; but rather has committed the preaching to man, telling them to go and disciple all nations. The responsibility lies squarely on our shoulders.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Dream #Lying #Responsibility

  • When God lays a burden on our hearts and thus keeps us praying, He obviously intends to grant the answer.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Heart #Answers #Praying

  • It is to be kept in mind that the generations of men do not wait for the convenience of the church in respect to their evangelization. Men are born and die whether or not Christians are ready to give them the Gospel. And hence, if the church of any generation does not evangelize the heathen of that generation, those heathen will never be evangelized at all. It is always true in the work of evangelization that the present can never anticipate the future, and that the future can never replace the past. What is to be done in soul saving must be done by that generation.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Christian #Past #Men

  • Fatigue is the price of leadership. Mediocrity is the price of never getting tired.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Tired #Mediocrity #Getting Tired

  • Are you responsibly optimistic? Pessimism and leadership do not mix. Leaders are positively visionary.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Optimistic #Leader #Visionaries

  • The person who sees the difficulties so clearly that he does not discern the possibilities cannot inspire a vision in others.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Inspire #Vision #Doe

  • The spiritual leader should outpace the rest of the church, above all, in prayer.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leadership #Spiritual #Prayer

  • To be a leader in the Church has always required strength and faith beyond the merely human.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Leadership #Church #Strength And Faith

  • Faith never knows where it is being led, or it would not be faith. True faith is content to travel under sealed orders.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Order

  • Jesus drank a cup of wrath without mercy, that we might drink a cup of mercy without wrath.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Jesus #Wrath #Might

  • Time lost can never be retrieved. Time cannot be hoarded, only spent well.
    -- J. Oswald Sanders

    #Lost #Wells