Monday, July 18, 2011

Approaching Scripture with a "Yes"

I recently asked the people at my church a series of questions, listed below. I didn't ask them these things assuming God would ask them to do them, but wanting to know if people would be willing to obey God no matter what. Too often we approach Bible reading wanting to know what God wants, and then deciding whether we will obey, rather than asking God to speak to us, planning on saying yes no matter what He says. Not an easy attitude. But I think these are valuable questions to ask, and maybe consider once in a while. Some of them are easy, but don't focus on those. What about the harder ones? What about the ones which aren't comfortable, easy or convenient? What are we going to do about those?

What if?
If Jesus asked you to stop watching tv for a year, would you?
If Jesus asked you to witness to one new person every week, would you?
If Jesus asked you to stop going out to eat, would you?
If Jesus asked you to be a missionary to Africa, Brazil, New York or Black Lick, would you?
If Jesus asked you to fast one day a week, and give that money to the poor, would you?
If Jesus asked you to get a different job so you could spend more time serving Him, would you?
If Jesus asked you to not go out to movies any more, would you?
If Jesus asked you to get rid of one vehicle so you could give more to those in need, would you?
If Jesus asked you to give up Steelers football, would you?
If Jesus asked you to move to a smaller house so you could give more to those in need, would you?
If Jesus asked you to give 20 hours a week to helping people who didn’t like you or show gratitude, would you?
If Jesus asked you to give 20% of your income to Him, would you?

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