Challenge


I present a challenge to all.  It doesn’t matter how you perceive Christ.  Come and convince me that anything other then the full acceptance of His Gospel is truth.

Invited is the scholar.  Welcome is the agnostic.  The atheists already know they have been invited openly.  Invitation is extended to the religious.   Let the drunkard try to compel me this way is better.  Come and speak to me about finance, and how money is the end of all good things.  Let the violent receive the best of House seats.  Let the timid display the grandiose crown of their fear. 

Regardless who you are, come and convince me. 

Christ Jesus is king of heaven and earth.  By His merciful grace I am his servant.  It will not be me you challenge.  It will be the living God in me.

Let us all either “Put up or shut up”.

Why am I making this challenge, and doesn’t it seem rather absurdly stupid?  Yeah, it does.

I’m making this challenge because I am sick of watching the world decay all about me.  I am sick of watching Christian cower,  all the while the Living God promises strength.

By the looks of things around me, I surmise one of us is a liar.  Either it is Man or it is God in Christ.  You know the summation of that.

At the outset, I will admit that I know nothing about Islam, Buddhism, and whatever other religion you want to throw on the table.  All I know about them is that they are false.  I will speak of the gospel in Christ. 

Required materials: Pack a lunch.

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Just Slow Down


Something keeps playing on my mind lately.  It likely has to do with being a truck driver.  But the implications of this thought extend into absolutely every facet of life.

A truck driver jack knifed his rig on ice one night.  His carless driving, in extreme circumstances cost the life of a mother and her baby girl.  I don’t know the outcome of the court case.  But I can assume that the driver was sent to jail on manslaughter charges, at least.

jackknife

(picture is not of the accident I’m talking about)

 

His life ruined.  The family in tears.  The potential of two lives was in the driver’s hands, though he had no clue until the slide began.

Here’s the really painful part.  The next day, the sun came out.  The temperature went from 15 degrees to 45 degrees, within the space of 12 hours.  Within a day the highway was cleared of all signs of the wreck, except for the bent up guard rail.

The implication to drivers is clear.  Just slow down!

The implication to everyone else is, “Just hang on!”

Are you tempted to steal?  Wait till the urge passes, to move your wicked hands.  Are you plagued by sexual desires?   Count off 12 hours before you make that decision.  And how many other “stupid” decisions would have never happened if we had just waited for the “storm” to pass?

Slowing down may mean getting up from the couch, where temptation stews like a pot on a warm burner.  Honestly, in the power of Christ Jesus, it’s that easy.  Without Christ, however, you’re not likely to even be found reading this post, let alone realize there is a way out of your horrible decisions.

Just Imagine.


American Big Rig

Image by theignitionpoint.co.uk via Flickr

I’ve been sitting here waiting to be able to drive my truck again.  We are compelled by law to take a 10 hour break at the end of 14 hours of duty ……… wow!  Cool huh?  Ok.  That was a useless heap of garbage to most anyone.  But anyway.  I was sitting here thinking about how useless
we are without God the Father creating the “new man” within us through the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ sacrifice and Lordship.  (I realize that was a bit lengthy.  But credit is due to the One who Is.)

How would you like to appear before the consuming fire that is God the Father and say, “Well.  Here I am.  I guess I didn’t pay any attention  to Your things.  I’m just a derrilect of righteousness and pure holiness.  I’ve trashed Your Holy name time and again.  I’ve killed my fellow men with the words I’ve spoken.  I’ve neglected to do what is right and just.  I laughed at Your Holy Son and His people.  And I just seem to have appeared here before Your Blazing Throne of Purity and Holy Love.  I’d like to say I’m sorry.  But I realize that it was Your will for me that I would look for You in that life I lived.”

Or maybe you’ll be stupid enough to say something like this:  “Wow man!  Cool!  I didn’t think You were real dude”.

What might be His response?   Do the marketing thingy: “Just Imagine”.

By His Grace.