Easy Doesn't Do It
Theme of the Week: The Call to Courageous Faith
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. (Philippians 1:29)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 1:27-30
It would be great, we think, for life to be as low-stress as possible. Just put your head down and get through the day. Don't ruffle feathers; don't alienate friends because of your faith; don't risk being branded as a hateful evangelical.
If this sounds like you at all, I know how you feel. I've felt many of these things myself. [Along with all that,] my future some days seems altogether unclear. And this can leave me feeling a lack of boldness, unsure of what to do next in a big, bad world that wants to swallow me (or so it appears).
Don't get me wrong. I'm not suffering at this point in time in terrible ways. But I would be lying if I said that providing for a young family, giving my family my all when I get home, being involved at church, and trying to mentor students isn't taxing. It is. And if I let [it] get to me, I catch myself wishing for things to calm down and get easy.
But that's not the way it's supposed to be for godly adults. I know that; it's just that I'm tempted by my flesh to think I'm owed some kind of fantasy life with no stress and no responsibility.
—Owen Strachan in Risky Gospel
My Response: What are some common misconceptions about the Christian life that keep believers from living more boldly for Christ?
Thought to Apply: I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found out I would have to go against the current.—D. L. Moody (evangelist)
Adapted from Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com). All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for times I've been ashamed of my faith or fearful about taking a stand for you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will boldly follow you wherever you may lead.
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