My passion is to see people make Jesus #1 in their life. That’s it. I don’t have some crazy agenda or goal for this blog except to challenge people to make Him first in their life. It is my belief that if we make Jesus first in every single thing we do, we will do those things well.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matt. 6:33 ESV
The majority of Christians I have interacted with are satisfied with just going to church on Sunday, and then walking out exactly the same. They have no motivation. They carry the same heavy burdens on their shoulders that they have been carrying around for years. Most importantly, they walk out with no desire to serve God with a reckless abandon during the week.
How and why does this happen??
It happens because we pack our lives completely full of stuff that does NOT affect eternity one bit!
Your either ALL in to serving Jesus because of what He did for you and how He has changed your life, or your ok with just checking the “church” box on Wednesday or Sunday.
In my mind, there’s no in between. You cannot be half in and half out.
However, there is good news. In every generation there are a FEW who decide to stand up for what they believe in. There are some who choose to stand out when everyone else is purposely trying to fit into the culture.
Hudson Taylor said, “Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”
Do you see what God is doing here?
He wants to see who is actually serious about Him and what they are going to do about it. He wants to see if they LONG to serve Him with every breath they breathe here on earth, even though everyone thinks they are crazy and maybe even hate them for it.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15: 18-19 NIV
That may sound harsh, but Jesus lived this thing out and where did that get Him? It got Him nailed to a cross, so should it look any different for a 21st Century Christian? I believe not.
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
~Read John 15 and let’s get a discussion going in the Comment Section.
~Why do you think the word “remain” is so pivotal to this teaching?