We Better Check Ourselves

Jesus is frequently portrayed as nothing but soft, sensitive, and never offensive. I think Jesus wasn’t that way. Do you view him that way? His followers won’t view him as a convenience, a comfort, or a merit badge you put on and say, “Ah, now I have Jesus.” He has us! We don’t add him to our life, we let him take over it.

He’s to be viewed as a precious treasure which we give up everything for 1. He’s to be so overpowering in our lives that our consideration for our own life and family might as well be hate when compared to him 2.

Do you feel this way about Jesus? If not, contemplate the Lord’s very own words in Matthew 7:21-23. He says “many.” He doesn’t say “some” or say “few”.

If your friends don’t think you’re at least a little too fanatical about serving Christ, why is that? Can your co-workers tell any difference between you and the rest of their peers? We should check ourselves to make sure we are doing the will of the Father. That’s as plain as it can be. You can say “Lord, Lord” but lip service won’t work. Only the ones doing God’s will make it.

I shudder to think of Jesus plainly telling me, “I never knew you.”

Notes:

  1. Matthew 13:44
  2. Luke 14:26

Getting a Jesus Hug

Different parts – Same body

This seems to be one of a few themes running through my devotionals and sites I regularly read. Reading in Galatians 2:4 last night with the family I looked at the study note. The comment there was that they came in and did that because people can’t stand to see freedom in others.

Don’t let others control your freedom through conformity. It doesn’t really matter if that conformity comes from their pressure or your own comparisons.

Don’t compare too much to others, but do what feels natural, do what honors the Lord, do what really draws you closer to Him, even if that is perhaps a little more intellectual, a little less emotional than you might see modeled or hear described by other people.

 

Compartmentalizing Our Lives

Jared Wilson at the Gospel Coalition writes that:

any time any human being is dealing with utter emptiness and lack of fulfillment in life, it is the result of the God-embedded message in them that they need him.

This article talks about how compartmentalizing our lives leads to a loss of our spiritual selves. It also reinforces a theme I see again and again. As humans when we leave God out of our lives, or ignore his express directives, we inevitably get it wrong. The Bible is full of stories that illustrate this point. For instance when Samuel informs Saul, “to obey is better than to sacrifice” (1 SAM 15:22 CSB).

Feeling frustrated, convicted, or general dissatisfaction with things? Consider reading the above article.

Image of God

I don’t normally rant about things and hopefully this doesn’t come across as one but sometimes enough is enough!

So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. Genesis 1:27

Growing up I never thought it would be like this. I feel as though I have a front row seat in the Coliseum where Western Civilization is being ripped and torn apart. All the while the crowd goes wild, cheering it on, laughing to each other. As history unfolds, I want to grab people and shout, “Why can’t you see what is happening?!?!”

How does this relate with Genesis 1:27? Continue reading