This article that appears below has caught me up like few articles really have. Consider your own identity, what you think makes you tick. Consider something you were born with and is part of you like your hand. Now, think about giving that identity up; think about walking away from that thing that makes you tick; think about cutting off your hand. I am re-blogging this article without any intention to address the controversial issue that resides inside. Consider the example as it might relate to any particular thing that might stand in the way of a closer relationship with Christ: riches, comfort, eating, career, popularity…. The Bible is pretty clear on the things that separate us from God – the things that we are tempted to pursue, embrace and hold on to. Consider that 1 Thessalonians 5:22 urges us to “abstain from evil”; and consider that the word, “abstain”, in the Greek means “to have one thing by separating from (letting go of) another”. We hold fast to Christ, by letting go of all that is not of Christ – that letting go includes our very selves.
So lately God has been on a roll with dropping little bombs filled with exactly what I need to hear, exactly when I need to hear it.
“Woe unto you when all men speak well of you.” – Luke 6:26
This was one of those bombs. I came across it innocently enough while reading an article online, and it annoyed me enough that I needed to look up the context.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you…
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