READ: “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God—which is your reasonable service” Rm 12.1.

THINK: God’s goodness inspires us to offer our lives to him as a sacrifice. He can now do with us as he pleases. We belong totally to him. Different from dead animal sacrifices, we are live ones; we are aware of all we do, rationally. To be pleasing is to be a sacrifice that God accepts. Continue reading

Jesus wants to hear words that assume the commitment to be a follower and that understand the cost of that commitment. Mere words aren’t sufficient, the same way that mere actions aren’t sufficient either.

As they were walking along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus said to him, “Foxes have dens and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Luke 9:57-58 NET

If we follow Jesus, let us forget our comfort, leave off worrying with physical safety, think hard about the sacrifice he calls us to make.

Let us follow the Master calculating the cost, in order to forget it thereafter.

After all, to walk with him is the highest of blessings.

 

Aside from a small beef, that the last verse quoted deals with internal Christian relationships and thus doesn’t advance or cap the point of the article, I have only cheers and amens for Matthew Morine’s article, “The Church and the Lost.”

Therefore, if a congregation is to be faithful to the pattern of Jesus, the congregation must be functioning with non-Christians in mind.  A congregation must not be internally-driven by the needs and demands of the saved.  A congregation must have the same perspective of Jesus by placing the priority on the lost.

It deserves to be read three or four times and implemented immediately in every church. Continue reading

Translation of yesterday’s meditation for Portuguese speakers, for your edification.

But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
2 Samuel 24:24 ESV

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