Jesus Did Not Come to Make Slight Alterations to Our Lifestyles

Jesus did not come to make slight alterations to our lifestyles.  He called us to live for a completely different kingdom.  To pick up His cross and live like He did.

Stop waiting on God to tell you to offer your life for the kingdom.  He’s already done that.  Instead, ask Him to show you how best to do it.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 155

Invention of Vagueness

Sometimes I think we invented this whole language of “calling” to mask the fact that most Christians are not really living as disciples of Jesus.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 154

Questions Worthy of Our Answers…

Questions worthy of our answers:

  • Where would you be if Jesus chose to steward His resources as you are stewarding yours?
  • What are you doing with your life?  How are you leveraging your resources, your free time, and your talents to see salvation come to others?
  • Are you using your gifts, your time, and your opportunities to enrich yourself, or to bless the world with the knowledge of Jesus?

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 152

The Holy Spirit Has To Do the Sending Before the Going Does Any Good…

The Holy Spirit has to do the sending before the going does any good.  The Holy Spirit anoints us, commissions us, and resources us.  He’ll use us and our stuff in the process, but don’t confuse His doing it through us with Him telling us that we have to do it for Him.  He gave us a promise, that He would  build His church through us, not a charge that we were to build it for him.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 150

If We have Really Experienced the Gospel…

But if we have really experienced the gospel, then we’ll be asking God to use us in His mission.  We will say something like this: “Lord, let my life be a seed for others, like Yours was for me, planted into the ground.  Let my dreams die so that others might live.  Show me how to best invest my life for You and not for me.  As you have been tome, I want to be to others.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 148-149

That’s Kind of a Senseless Prayer

Our prayer should not be “God, if You make a special appeal for me to do something about the lostness of the world, I’ll do it.”  That’s kind of a senseless prayer, because He has already told us what He wants for the world.  Our prayer now should be that God  guide us to our specific role.  Whether we should be involved in the Great Commission is no longer the question.  How we should be involved is the question.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 148

Finding God’s Will?

People talk about “finding” God’s will.  It is not really “lost.”  His will is that lost people hear about Jesus and become saved.”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 147