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Beyond Bland

By: Admin on September 5, 2013

We love to live safe, controlled, convenient lives. Even most of those who are into the more "extreme" sports and lifestyle only do so when they have worked out all the possible outcomes, have strapped on a parachute and reserve chute and buckled the seatbelt tight.

Jesus never intended Christians to sit around church and be happy and comfortable. He also never commanded his followers to hire a bunch of people to do the work for them. Jesus calls each and every follower of his to go and do his call in a risky, "full-of-life", all-in manner.

It's the intention of Jesus is that we have an abundant life through him. John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full"

Jesus came to change us from the inside out. He came to give us life and a new way of living that is not centered on ourselves or stuff we can get. Jesus came to give us a full life that is lived for something and someone beyond ourselves.

What keeps us from being satisfied?

A rich young man came up to Jesus and wanted to know what it would take for him to inherit eternal life. Jesus told him to obey all the commandments and this person replied that he had, from his childhood. Then Jesus went straight to the core. He told this young man to sell all of his stuff, give the money to the poor and then follow him. The young man went away very sad. The act of selling all our stuff and giving it to the poor doesn't get us into Heaven or forgiveness for sins. The stuff that this young man had was his source of trust, security and satisfaction. It got in the way of his full faith in God. In fact, when he went to Jesus with the question, he was showing that he really didn't have security and satisfaction and was afraid of what was to come. But he wanted his stuff AND Jesus, too. We cannot have it both ways.

Jesus' disciples commented that they HAD left everything to follow him, to which he replied in John 10:29 and 30 Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.

Jesus is not talking about literally abandoning our kids and homes to follow him. Jesus is talking about our priorities and heart. He's talking about following HIM! Prioritizing HIM. Making Jesus' vision, passion and desire all ours. The real life is all about Jesus. The bland life is all about ourselves.

The greatest profit comes through losing our lives to receive Jesus’ life

Mark 8:34, 35 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Jesus told everyone around that following him is neither safe nor comfortable. We are to follow Jesus' example by taking up the cross, an instrument of death and a representation of following God's path for our lives, not our own.

The “cross” is not our problems, it is an instrument of death. It is to follow the path that Jesus walked and willingly give up our lives and rights to fulfill God’s purpose.

When we try to “gain the world”, we lose our soul. Our soul is our real self. It is our community with God. People want the world, and 10 per-cent. God offers us so much more.

We truly save our life when we give it up for Jesus. We truly have abundant life when we put our faith in Jesus. 
We can have true satisfaction by following Jesus’ path, rather than our own. 
We’ll be truly safe and secure by living in the dangerous world of Jesus because this world is not everything to us.

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