January 9, 2009

Listen to some teaching in the American church, and you could end up believing that God is primarily concerned with our temporal happiness and comfort, if not our bank accounts. He’s not. What He’s about is of far greater import – that we be conformed to the image of Christ. And getting there hurts. Death usually does.

Make no mistake, there is great pain involved in following Jesus. The pain of the crucified life. The death of self. The cross of Christ. But the reward is beyond measure – unspeakable joy.

So, the next time you hear someone telling you how you can have it all by “exercising your faith”, stop and ask yourself if it’s a message that’s helping you to get a better grip on the cross you’re to carry. If it isn’t, it’s deception. No matter how sweet the taste.


One Response to “Really?”

  1. a thomas Says:

    This message (the 1st and 2nd post) has been repeated to me several times today. With that said, it has been my ongoing prayer that messages ‘He’ wants me to hear, be repeated until my blind eyes open… please continue to listen and speak/write. You may be a bigger encouragement than you realize. …peace – thomas

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