What is Competing for Your Allegiance to Christ?

What is it that is competing for your allegiance to Christ?  You may have both hands on the plow, but what is it you keep looking back at?  Until you really have surrendered anything and everything over to Jesus and truly put him above all else in your life, you will not know the joy and satisfaction that finally comes when you go all-in.

– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page

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The Treasure Worth Leaving Everything For

Jesus is the treasure worth leaving everything for.  Knowing Him will turn sacrifice into sweetness and duty into delight.  Even when your commitment to Him leads you to a cross, He will be a treasure that shrouds that cross in joy.

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

They Cannot Replace Preaching

Our generosity, joy, love and miraculous power only put on display the glorious gospel we proclaim with our words.  They cannot replace preaching.  Signs are only good if it is clear what they are signifying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 233

The Joy of Learning to be Satisfied in Jesus

Learning to be satisfied in Jesus will free you to enjoy everything else.  Being fulfilled in Christ means that you no longer depend on other things for life and happiness.  That means you can enjoy them, because you are no longer enslaved by them.  The prospect of losing them doesn’t terrorize you.  And you can say “no” to them when they are not God’s will.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 84

Surprised When We Have Blown It So Badly

There are terrifying times when we know that we have blown it so badly that surely God must expose and punish us for our own good.  And then something completely different happens.  God not only withholds the punishment we so richly deserve, but he lavishes us with loving-kindness and surprises us with joy.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 181