Alright, so here’s the rest of the list I started the other day. Here’s to hoping some of this stuff causes as much internal discomfort and wrestling for you as it did for me.
#5 Seek to fulfill your calling not your potential
Your calling describes what you should do. Your potential describes what you could do. People always ask you to fulfill your potential, God on the other hand always asks you to fulfill your calling. Forget about wrestling with if it is good, if it’s important, could you do it, or would it expand the Kingdom. Rather wrestle with if your name is on it.
#6 Knowledge, self-discipline, and sacrifice do not equal godliness
It just means you’re smart and you know how to say no. The problem is there are a lot of smart people out there who have been saying no to God for a long time. Not too smart huh?
#7 If my definition of spiritual maturity is out of reach for the regular guy, then it’s not in line with Jesus
Jesus came to lower the bar, the Pharisees were constantly trying to raise the bar. For ages it’s been average, regular, uneducated, even illiterate guys following Jesus (imagine not being able to do a daily quiet time and still be godly!). After all, the simplest definition of a follower is, well, they follow.
#8 When I use the Bible as a mirror I will become more like Jesus, when I use the Bible as binoculars I become a Pharisee
It’s funny how we become so blind to our blind spots. Guess that’s why they call them blind spots. Check out 1 Kings 3 and you’ll see this guy does a bunch of bad things, one right after another. He was an idiot! And God ends up giving him everything he asked for and more. Solomon had all kinds of blinds spots. Maybe we’d do better looking at ourselves instead of others.
So which one of these statements creates the most discomfort for you? Leave a comment below.
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