Thursday, August 20, 2009

Your God Is Too Safe

Yeah, it's a book by Mark Buchanan, but it's also a truism.

If your God never leads you to risk, to dare, to sacrifice - I don't know who you are following but it isn't Jesus.

"They left it all and followed Him" wasn't a one time event. It was covered in the bold print of "take up your cross daily..."

That same Jesus who called people to "let the dead bury the dead" is the same One we follow today. What are you holding onto that is holding you back from following Jesus?

That same Jesus Who kept taking men's twisted interpretations of the Law and straightening them to point to God's love and mercy - you know, the One who said "You have heard it said, but I say..." Listen to Him, not some TV preacher or Oprah.

He is the same One who takes our hypocritical ideas about who is "in" and who is "out" and flings them back at us. "Who is my neighbor?" didn't work for the Pharisees and it won't work for us.

Watch out New Hope. I am praying today that we become know as a "dangerous" group of people. That we gain the reputation of the best friends of anyone working for the Kingdom of God that anyone could ever find - and the worst enemies of evil, injustice, and poverty known to mankind.

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