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 The call of Jesus, the call of the world and a compromise.

My hope is that this is an insight that will change attitudes. A choice that must be made or it gets made for you day by day. The first step is discerning there is a choice. Fighting the fight of faith by fighting and resisting our own surrender to the demands of others:



Most of us spend our daily lives figuring out how to fit Jesus into them. The goal of this approach is to figure out how do we live Christ like in our chosen profession, our family and home life or just plain daily life. This is a very popular approach in the church in the West and is the focus. The key to good Christian living is to figure out how to satisfy the demands or wants of others in our life whether that be spouses, kids, bosses, the flesh or the world and be "like Jesus" in that service.

Only a few people spend their daily life living like Jesus and doing His work full time and figuring out how to fit their profession, home life or just plain daily life into their walk with Jesus, for Jesus and like Jesus. Don't miss the truth that this attitude and the one above are really not the same in the least. The modern church would tell you this is a false choice but Jesus' teaching is so clear on this point.

Many read the Bible without seeing this clear choice Jesus called His early disciples to make between these two approaches. Much of the difficulty of being a Christian for sincere believers is deciding which mindset of the two above to adopt.

Many churches and many teachers/preachers have adopted the first choice. That is the main reason sacrifice and suffering, the manifest presence and power of the Holy Spirit and opposition from the world is so absent in them. They have not died to themselves, the world and its ways and priorities. Whether they realize it or intend it, they have chosen to live like the world and like Jesus at the same time. It's a balance beam that cannot support the weight of Scripture. Balancing Jesus and self death with the world and self life is not really an option at all even if it is a choice that people are making every single day. Its not a balancing act at all. It is a slippery slope and most people in reality are just fighting hard not to slide too fast or too far..

This is what I mean, brothers and sisters: The time is limited, so from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none, those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as though they didn’t own anything, and those who use the world as though they did not make full use of it. For this world in its current form is passing away.

I want you to be without concerns. The unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord — how he may please the Lord. But the married man is concerned about the things of the world — how he may please his wife — and his interests are divided. The unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But the married woman is concerned about the things of the world — how she may please her husband. I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but to promote what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction. -- 1 Corinthians 7:29-35 (CSB)


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Robert

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emma02
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 Re: The call of Jesus, the call of the world and a compromise.

Thank you for sharing this


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