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 memorized."

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 such kindness?"

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 below:

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 around here?

God says, "This is the one I will esteem, he who is humble and contrite in heart, and who trembles at My word." -Isaiah 66:2

Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)






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