I’m going to do a few brief posts on some of the most significant beliefs and attitudes that I believe are holding back the church from being the robust kingdom movement that Jesus has empowered us to be.
Today’s problem is selfishness or self-centeredness.
I’ve written more extensively about this in the past, (see also HERE) but today we usually believe that to become a Christian is to merely add blessings, benefits and empowerment to our life’s dreams.
So often it seems that we believe that we can claim to be followers of Jesus and still pursue all our own plans, dreams, goals and desires, baptizing them with some spiritual empowerment.
If God empowering your life’s goals is a primary lens for you, you’ve not understood the way of Jesus very well at all.
“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25
‘And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ Luke 9:23
In my experience, following hard after Jesus is immensely deeply rewarding personally. The unconditional love, acceptance and power is unmatched.
But it can only truly be had my submitting your desires to his grand purposes.
God’s mission is not to make you ‘successful’ nor to make your church life ‘enjoyable.’
Rather it’s to reconcile the world to himself. We find the deep joy of that reconciliation only when we give up and trust his ways for us.