To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required

            Part of the problem with our American church is that we have gotten backwards in our approach to life.  Jesus declared that to follow Him we have to give up everything.  We have an opposite approach.  We follow Jesus because we can get so much—happiness, prosperity, health, and the list goes on.

            Until we learn to see the world through the eyes of Jesus we will never truly see the world.  Conversely, the world will also never see Jesus.  We fail to count the cost.  We fail to give a full disclosure of what is required.  Our pleas for new believers are simple; please come to Jesus, just as you are; no commitment is required.  He will change you.

            The sale is so soft it is no wonder that few people want to participate.  It is even less surprising that the people who do accept do not have enough of a life change to bring others with them.  With such a weak faith it is little wonder that we fail to bring any change to the world.  It is no wonder that we are stepping backwards in places like Europe where people do not have any concept of real New Testament Christianity.

            If the church were a for-profit corporation we would be filing bankruptcy or we would be fleeing the jurisdiction to avoid creditors.  Since we are non-profit corporations the day of accounting never comes.  We build kingdoms that give lip service to Jesus but are really about us.  We have developed personality cults that use Christianese.

            We have sacrificed credibility for size and excitement.  That is what a personality cult does.  It requires enthusiasm, but not intellectual integrity.  It requires worship, but not worship of God.  We have to create someone bigger than ourselves, but yet still human.

             How foolish of us, when we are called to worship God, the creator of the Universe. 

            He, God, really should be big enough for us.


3 Responses to “To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required”

  1. 1 Jason Elder 4 February 2008 at 3:48 am

    I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    – Jason.

  2. 2 Frank 4 February 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I hear your hearts cry my broyher. I think you would enjoy my blog. Check it out, and tell me what you think. some of them are a little long, but I think it will be woth your read. God bless

  3. 3 Eric Dye 7 February 2008 at 8:22 pm

    America’s neighborhood in the Kindgom of God is in a state that resembles the slums and inner city.

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