Archive for January, 2011

It’s amazing to me how so many Christians think that Jesus wants us to live a safe life with enough money to live comfortably and take a yearly vacation while living in a nice little suburban home. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matt. 16:24).” He also said, “Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me (Matt. 10:28).”

My question to you is: Do you know what the cross represents? Our view of the cross will determine how we follow Christ. It’s scary really. The cross represents torture, pain, death… Three things we want to avoid at all costs in America, especially the American church. Francis Chan hit the nail on the head saying the greatest prayer of “safe” Christians is “God, I’d love to die in my sleep and not even feel it.”

I’d dare say, at the risk of making some Christians very angry, you are NOT a follower of Jesus if you aren’t living radically. Ask yourself how much different your life looks now compared to before you “got saved.” Being born again means so much more than “I’m not gonna party anymore” or “I’m going to listen to Christian music more than my other music.” It means more than just “I’m not going to cuss anymore” or posting statuses about Jesus. Being born again means your heart is made new and your heart will no longer desire the things of this world (Gal 5:24). It means you will long more to see people know the Truth of the Gospel than to spend time playing video games or watching the newest reality show.

We are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus. He doesn’t call us to a life of safety. Faith has no place in safety. Our safety is found in faith. “Jesus said, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him (Matt. 4:19-20).” Immediately. That means they didn’t take time to weigh their options. They didn’t wonder what people would think about them. They didn’t even worry about what their family would think. They IMMEDIATELY dropped their jobs, their livelihood, to follow Jesus.

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God (Luke 9:57-60).” We are called to total, selfless abandon.

Am I saying that you need to quit school or your job to go spread the Gospel? No, unless that’s what God’s calling you to do. Am I saying skip out on the funeral of a family member to spread the Gospel? No, spread the Gospel at the funeral. What I am saying is be willing to live dangerously for the Kingdom. Don’t be afraid to offend people. Jesus offended people. Don’t worry about having money because God will take care of that. Think spiritually and God will take care of the physical. You will never grow spiritually if you don’t step out in faith. Be willing to be hated. Be willing to speak the Truth. Be willing to be persecuted for His name, the name of Jesus Christ. Be willing to be uncomfortable.

Be blessed!

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.'”   John 15:18-25

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To God Be All The Glory!

Hey everyone!

So this is my new blog. I’m going to use this to do a couple of things: keep you all updated on what Jesus is doing around college campuses in Ohio, spark a prayer movement, and get you involved!

But what does that really mean?

  • Jesus on Campus: God is moving on college campuses all around the country and we are blessed to get to be a part of what’s going on right here in the “Heart of America!” Some of us will be traveling to the different universities with the hope of making disciples for Jesus Christ.
  • The Prayer Movement: Prayer is powerful and will change the spiritual climate of Ohio. I will be updating a list of everyone that we meet that asks for prayer, along with things I feel God puts on my heart. This is also your chance to contact me with any prayers you might have and get added to the list (if you would like). Just check out the prayer page.
  • Time to Get Involved: This is your chance to be a part of what God’s doing in Columbus and around the world. Support us in prayer. My friends and I will be traveling spreading the Gospel, healing the sick, and casting out demons (Mark 16:15-18). I simply ask that whenever you read the blog or think of me, you say a prayer for God’s blessing and power to be over us. If you want to get involved in sponsorship or want to learn how to start walking as Jesus walked, contact me (Facebook, Twitter, Prayer number).

I will also be posting some of my old blogs and poems so be looking out for those too!

God bless!

To God Be All The Glory!