Count others as more important than yourself--"Yeah,
I'm familiar with that one already."
Make disciples of all nations--"That's part of the
Great Commission, isn't it? I've got that whole passage
Love your neighbor as yourself--"I wonder what that
word 'love' means in the Greek. Did you know that there are
four Greek words for 'love'?"
Let him who has two coats give to him who has none--"Wouldn't
the world be a great place if people treated each other with
During the Spring Challenge, Erwin McManus said, "I was a
Christian for several months before I spent enough time with
Christians to realize that disobedience is an option."
Martha Thatcher says, "Christians today are
information-rich and application-poor. From Sunday schools to
seminaries we discuss spiritual information." Often our goal
seems to be to transmit knowledge rather than to see people
changed. Christ never said, "If you know these things, you are
blessed." He said, "If you know these things, blessed are
you if you do them."
Reading the Bible becomes boring if we read it like
spectators, instead of realizing we're responsible to obey it.
Jesus says, "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do
what I say?" (Luke 6:46)
If we choose which commands we will obey and which we will
not obey, we are retaining the right to run our own lives.
Because we believe the lie that our will is better than God's
will, we exalt ourselves as lord. Our lives are saturated with
the same pride that characterized the Hebrews in the scripture
Yet they acted presumptuously and did not obey thy
commandments but sinned against thy ordinances, by observance
of which a man shall live, and turned a stubborn shoulder and
stiffened their neck and would not obey (Nehemiah 9:29b).
It frightens me how lightly I take God's word. Sometimes
the God of the universe tells me to do something, and I forget
it, neglect it, or ignore it! Have I forgotten who is God