Are you a gadfly?

It is heartbreaking to look at the “grand view” of Christianity in our world today. The geography of the Church has shifted so as to be unrecognizable from just ten years ago. The locations where people are “all in” for Jesus are far away from America. What have we done to our country?

Great revivals, great miracles, great sacrifices, great humility, great love are alive and integrated into churches from India to Nigeria, and, surprisingly, on U.S. military bases, but rarely in the local churches in America. American churches suffer from what this Indian missionary preaches:

Do you know what the greatest sin of the century is? We preach to the preached, we bless the blessed, we convert the converted, and we baptize the baptized, we comfort the comforted, but we neglect the neglected.

Head-to-foot missionaryBhalchandra KambleMay 23 at 2:17 PM

Our human nature is to justify why we fail God and then try to attempt to persuade Him to give us “one more chance.”  However, it is crucial to understand that Jesus, our Lord, expects us to change. God expects us to receive His mercy so we convey His grace to other people.

Jesus is the Alpha, the beginning of all things, but He is also the Omega, the Last, the end of all things. He outlasts and transcends. He goes beyond the limits of our faults. We find this in Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

It gives me hope to know that I cannot fail bigger than Jesus can save, but the mandate from heaven is, “Will I change? Will I be like Jesus, or will I become comfortable as a Christian gadfly?” I pray that I will change to be like Jesus.

Well worn paths

Growing up in Indiana, one of the fun things we used to do is go to Turkey Run State Park. The park is full of walking trails, some quite easy but others difficult with ladders to climb, steep hills, narrow valleys plus lots and lots of mud. For a young person, it just didn’t get any better for a Saturday in the summertime than to spend the day walking these trails.

On the tougher trails we always looked for the well-worn paths, handholds, and footholds since, before us, these had proven their value to many that had tackled those difficult trails. The same goes for our walk with Jesus. Sometimes, Christ, has us hiking over flat land or rolling hills, but other times Jesus will put us on paths that are demanding and exceed our physical abilities; ways that can only be completed by Jesus holding or carrying us.

When we’re walking a tough, slippery trail in life its good to remember Colossians 2:6-7 which reads, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

  • We must get our footing, so we don’t fall – rooted
  • We must have established the skills – built up in Him
  • We must have strengthened ourselves – strengthened in the faith
  • We must look for well worn paths – as you were taught

And, we must be as overflowing with thankfulness as kids on a summer day on their way to Turkey Run.

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