The Call To Drop It All

Mark 10:21b

“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Obviously, the fewer things you have in your name the easier it would be to give it all up and follow Jesus. Especially if he was the one knocking on your door.

Take me for example. I have more debt than I have equity, so of course I would be willing to give it all up and follow him. Sign me up Jesus! But let’s say that one day I will own my house out-right. Let’s say I’ve got $400,000 in my name. I would be WAY more reluctant to give that much money to the poor.

But our attitude must be the same.

As our success brings us capital we must realize that it is all God’s in the first place–that he is just letting us use it in the mean time. It should flow in just as easily as it flows out; that’s what makes a healthy pond. You don’t want your life to be full of standing water that is taken over with pond scum and mosquitos. You want it to be flourishing with life for the glory of God!

It’s not easy though.

Jesus said that (Mark 10:25) “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

But we must know that “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)

 

Healing Still Exists

A big concern has been looming in my head ever since I started looking outside of the church that I grew up in. I attended a bible study with a Church of Christ denomination in college, and after months of attending I learned that they did not believe that the healing power of Jesus’s name still existed in today’s world. I now attend a church that is a part of the Acts 29 Network. This church has strong undertones of Calvinism without overtly being Calvinist. Their beliefs on healing aren’t strongly expressed one way or the other.

I just read this bible verse that spoke to this point of contention that I have been having. The context of this bible verse takes place when Jesus’s disciples tell Jesus about a man that was driving out demons in His name.

Mark 9:38-40

“Teaher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.”

So it wasn’t just the disciples that were given the power and authority to drive out demons. Would this principle also apply to miraculous healings? I would say that is a tiny bit of a stretch. But this verse in Hebrews helps out a lot as well.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

That means that the healing power of Jesus still exists. He’s still the same yesterday, today, and forever. John 14:12-14 also greatly helps me in my own belief in the power of Jesus’s name.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in my will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than I have done because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Now I will say that this verse is Jesus directly talking to his disciples. He is not addressing a crowd of 5,000 in this text. But that is what the first verse I referenced is all about. Other people had the belief. They went out and performed miracles in the name of Jesus, and Jesus was okay with it!

Gotta go to work. I’ll continue this thought train sometime soon.

The Importance Of Community

“Bad company corrupts good morals.”

Sometimes I think of this as just a saying, maybe because my parents always used to repeat this when I hung around the wrong crowds in high school, or when I started at a restaurant with coworkers that influenced me to drink and cuss. But this saying is biblical.

1 Corinthians 15:33

“Do not be misled: bad company corrupts good character.”

There is a strong correlation in my own life between the strength of my spiritual walk, and the people that I am surrounded by. The opposite is also true.

The time in my life when I felt most on fire for God was when I was 19. I was a sophomore in college and I was still living at home. I was surrounded by my family and some really strong believers that I studied the bible with every Friday. God was really pulling me in directions outside of the university, but I was torn between what my parents had planned for me and what God was laying on my heart. God wasn’t telling me to drop out, but He wasn’t telling me to stay in school either. I continued that course for graduation and it ended up leading me outside of that good company that I was surrounded by.

The furthest I’ve ever felt from God was between the ages of 21 and 24. During this time I was consumed by my social life. My friends were my world and there was nothing more satisfying than being around them. We all drank and had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my whole life. Still to this day I struggle with the “fun” that I will be missing out on as a Christian. I know that is not the case, but it’s still a thought I have every now and then.

During this time in my life I couldn’t even stand listening to Christian radio. I never changed the radio preset off of number 1 (“Because God should come first in your life” I thought.) and I went to church every Sunday – even if I was completely hungover. One time after service my mom even said I smelled like Vodka. Which completely makes sense since I wore the same shirt to church that I had worn the night before while drinking vodka.

Ohhhhh…I’m so glad that those days are over…

Now that I’m 25 I can see how tight that correlation was. My friends depicted my lifestyle, and the lifestyle that I lived was either within God’s will or completely outside of it. And now I’m looking for friends that are not just “Christians”, but ones that are on fire for Jesus. Friends that can inspire me and invest in me just as I can inspire and invest in them. I hope that whoever is reading this might also find some aspect of community in this blog. I hope that they read this and watch my videos being fulfilled and inspired by a sense of community; one that drives them and inspires them to be on fire for God.

That is all.