One of the most important jobs of Christian leaders is to ask people to do the hard things they don’t want to do. We ask people to take the narrow, uphill road when it is easier to go down. We ask them to die to self when it is easier to live for self. We ask them to give, serve and sacrifice though none of those things come easily.
Following Jesus is not about taking the easy road. It is about doing the right thing even though that is often the more difficult thing. If we are asking people to follow Jesus, we are asking them to take the harder path.
There is a reason we ask people to do the hard things. Not only do we ask them to do it because it is right. But we also know it is in their best interest to do so. Continue reading →
“It isn’t my fault!” we say. “I’m not to blame!” we insist. So, we find someone or something to blame. We blame our parents, family, friends or enemies. How can we be responsible when our families were so dysfunctional, or our friends so persuasive, or our enemies so capable? We blame our circumstances. The job was too hard, the hill too steep and the sun was in our eyes.
But God is consistently insistent that we take personal responsibility for our actions. He doesn’t play the blame game. He doesn’t allow us to shirk or deflect. Christians are well served, therefore, to be honest about our failures and clear in who is responsible for our decisions.
Exodus 32 unfolds the intriguing story of Continue reading →
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“The healthy way to deal with God’s repentance call is to take personal responsibility. I’m not responsible for the wrongs of others, but I am responsible for my own choices and decisions.
I love playing basketball with Milton. For the past many years, Milton and I have played together. We’ve been on the same team in our church league basketball and shared many pick-up games. And we have gotten older and older.
Milton, like me does not want to lose. This former college basketball player knows what he is doing on the court and he plays to win. But, as our ages continue to increase Continue reading →
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