From My Heart, December 2017

I want to address a chronic problem with American Christianity that really manifests itself around the holidays.

Have you ever seen a house that a do-it-yourselfer decided to build? This isn’t your ordinary handyman who followed a set of plans and sub-contracted some of the work. No. This is the guy who decided he could do it with no plans and a good eyeball.

He has things like: Four electrical outlets running along a master bedroom wall and none on the other walls; an antebellum plantation front with a Spanish tile roof; a half poured patio with exposed rebar.

After seven years of interrupted activity, he ends up in a freakish house which has an odd assortment of both conventional and unconventional amenities.

Too many American Christians have the same pattern in following Christ. They start off in one direction with the Lord…get distracted…move into something else…grow cold… get shaken back into reality…return to the Lord…get distracted…move into something else…and on and on it goes.

Freedom, money and mobility are wonderful drugs. They promise fun, rest and family time, but they leave us exhausted, broke and distracted. We turn into disciples who “intend to.”

Jesus said: If anyone wants to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. But don’t begin until you count the cost. (Luke 14.26-28)

If you want to be His disciple, you can’t have the, “gone every night of the week, eat on the run, fill the calendar with activity, toy with sin, spend to the limit, stay on top of social media, place your kid’s first, always find time for yourself, plus, follow Jesus lifestyle.” It ain’t happenin’!

Jesus’ word to the American Christian is, “You are worried and distracted by so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Only a few find it and it will not be taken from them.” (Luke 10.41-42)

Count the cost,

Pastor Scott