Thursday, January 28, 2010

ACTD: Day 2 Words

Love. Joy. Peace. Salvation. Eternal life. All of these words are part of the good news Christ spoke about. But Jesus also spoke words about repentance, obedience, suffering & death. How interesting that we often gloss over these words in favor of the fluffy ones. Yet Jesus wasn't "fluffy". When He calls us to die, its not just a saying to Him- its life or death. If we can't die to ourselves- our wants, our entitlements, our talents, our achievements, we have no place in the kingdom. Jesus didn't say "if you read the scriptures & go to church, sing worship songs & pray a lot, well, good news! You're saved!"... No, He said "if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross & follow me"... Those are some pretty heavy words. They're words we often only see 1 dimensionally. But Jesus calls us deeper- beyond the surface of mere sentences. The ground beneath falls away pretty fast. How far am I willing to go? How much am I willing to let go of?

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