Don't be overwhelmed. Stay the course. Be encouraged. Be tenacious. Do not quit. Take heart. Persevere. Have faith. Press on. Trust. God. How about it?
They still devastate, challenge and provoke my life. Where Jesus says:- “Come Follow Me!” from Matthew 4 v 19. This still grabs me so very much. Salvation is a free gift, but discipleship is a costly following. And the invitation is to choose Jesus above all things! That the priority of Jesus might permeate everything I think, say and do. The revolution of whole-life-discipleship means I realise that Jesus is calling me day and daily. His beckon is consistently to follow Him, as though he was living my life: His Holy Spirit working in me. The bit that stings me most from my own [...]
perhaps, busyness isn't it.... Ephesians 4:17 in the Message, says it this way:- “And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go.........” If you find that ministry is challenging because of the load, I'm with you, but perhaps busyness isn't the primary issue! It’s maybe not about the demands on your time. It’s maybe not [...]
Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God’s overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, non-discipleship costs you exactly that abundance of life Jesus said he came to bring! Dallas Willard There is a cost to discipleship, for sure, but the cost of non-discipleship is much greater! Choosing the path of non-discipleship means we forfeit the life Jesus said he came to bring. Which cost are you willing to [...]