It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I’ve spent a lot of time hurting and feeling like I’ve been gypped or something.
Like usual, I started out whining and complaining before I realized where I should have started – on my knees. When I finally did, I came with resentment and blame and little else, pissed at Him and pissed at myself.
After two-weeks of self-imposed ‘anger and finger-pointing,’ here is my take away: Many people come to Jesus thinking it’s enough to believe, to stand on the sidelines and cheer.
Of, this, I am guilty and it is the number one reason I am not a preacher today as I had planned years ago. Jesus isn’t looking for cheerleaders, nor is He simply looking for converts.
Nope, He’s seeking those who will follow Him whatever the cost. He’s looking for radical devotion, unreasonable commitment and undivided dedication.
We may share the ‘good news’, but it’s not always the same message Jesus shared. Our version is softer.
Many take this message and omit the more ‘bad’ parts because they’ll scare people away. Instead, we make it sound comfortable and easy: You don’t have to do anything but believe.
Reducing Jesus from wanting a radical relationship of self-sacrificing love and humility to something more like an eternal ‘life insurance agent,’ has made Him made ‘safe,’ something He’s not!
By watering down the Gospel we have taken that which is all about Jesus and made it all about us, which it is not. Instead we’ve made Jesus a part of our lives when He is our life!
We all have our favorite causes, but Jesus didn’t come to take sides. Well, here’s a radical thought: Jesus came to take over and He’s poised do so again.
And instead of coming to Jesus with expectations of what He can do for us, we need to ask, “What can I do for you, Jesus?”