On discipleship, part 2

Last week, my blog entry was entitled “On Discipleship“.  Here is a follow up.

2 Corinthians 5: 15 reads this way, “And he (Jesus) died for all (us), that those who live (the ones who accept Him) should not live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

We don’t get that.  I don’t get that.  Because I live for myself.  And so do you.

Here’s another way of saying what Paul said…because Jesus died for us, we no longer get to do what we want, but what Jesus wants us to do.  In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul writes the following, “You are not your own; you were bought with a price.”

We approach Jesus, asking him what we need to do to gain eternal life, and Jesus responds with the 4 cornerstones of the Restoration movement: believe, repent, be baptized and confess.  We celebrate, because we’ve kept them, but we are not satisfied, we feel like we are missing something.

Jesus looks at us and says:

“If you want to be perfect, stop scheduling your ministry around your personal preferences.”

“If you want to be perfect, go and talk to your neighbor and co-workers about me.”

“If you want to be perfect, love people.”

“If you want to be perfect, submit to the authorities over you.”

“If you want to be perfect, stop gossiping.”

“If you want to be perfect, go to a LIFE Group.”

“If you want to be perfect, read your Bible.”

“If you want to be perfect, spend time in prayer.”

“If you want to be perfect, help get kids to and from youth group, and stop worrying about your vehicle’s re-sale value.”

“If you want to be perfect, repent of your sin of pride and arrogance.”

“If you want to be perfect, stop hoarding your wealth so you can have a nice retirement and give it away.”

“If you want to be perfect, put the bottle down and sober up.”

“If you want to be perfect, get rid of the suit of fig leaves, and stop hiding.”

“If you want to be perfect, stop attending church for what ‘you get out of it’ and go to worship God.”

“If you want to be perfect, stop justifying your sin.”

“If you want to be perfect, see the harvest around you and do something with it.”

“If you want to be perfect, _______________________.”

And each of us, when confronted with the very thing that we do not want to give up, walks away sad.  Because we are not alive, rather we are dead.  And dead people are not bought with a price.  Dead people can do whatever they want to do.

Dead people are not disciples of Jesus.

I am weary of being surrounded by dead people.

What’s more…I am tired of being dead myself.

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