Jesus was Opposite the Values of This World
“From One Christian to Another…”
Everything Jesus stood for is against the values of this world. America is the land of rugged individualism – do it yourself. Or “you can do it!” Just put your heart into it. The truth is, you can’t “do it” – not without God’s help.
In the End, the Losers on Earth, Win
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus admired and blessed those who would be called supreme “losers” today – the poor in spirit, (who should be full of self-esteem and go-to-it-ness,) the pure in heart (who are easily taken advantage of,) those who mourn, (who should “just get over it,”) the meek, (who get run over by everybody,) those who hunger and thirst righteousness, (how does that get you anywhere?), the merciful, (whoever hurts or blocks my way is going to get it,) the peacemakers, (with all these wars going on, good luck with that,) and finally, those who are persecuted because of righteousness, (the biggest losers of all.)
And what will they be blessed with? The kingdom of heaven. In the end, the losers win.
Christians are Other Worldly People
We are other-worldly people. As the hymn says, “I’m but a stranger here.” Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life
for my sake will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the world yet loses his soul?”
We Must Take Up our Cross Daily
So Jesus tells us to “take up our cross daily.” He tells us we will be blessed “if we suffer for Him.” Who wants to obey when it’s hard? Who wants to suffer? And yet, that’s what Jesus is calling us to do.
Don’t Lose Your Soul!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to lose my soul. I’d rather lose my life on this earth and have a glorious eternity. The poorest waif who trusts in Jesus, upon her death, is ushered into eternal glories – glories beyond description. FOREVER.
You’ve heard the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar under his table, eating the scraps among the dogs…The rich man realizes his mistake in eternity, but it’s too late. That’s the lesson. It’s too late for him. While the beggar lies in Jesus’ bosom. FOREVER. Where would you rather be? FOREVER? I pray you’ve made the right choice.
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!