AN INTRIGUING WOMAN?……….
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24-25………..
Some years ago, a local magazine featured me as one of the area’s most intriguing people of that year. My life was considered to be off-the-beaten track. My life back then was nothing in the way of intriguing compared with what it is now. Being on the road for Jesus full-time with my little crew of special needs service doggies doing streets ministry and writing and publishing Gospel tracts, devotionals, and books with an ancient car, a tiny budget, a super economical lifestyle, no staff, and one beautiful part-time volunteer doesn’t even begin to sum up how non-mainstream my life is today. But here’s my question, and here’s my concern.
Why is being totally sold out to the Lord Jesus Christ and living and breathing to love and glorify God forever and to help people find and forever follow Jesus considered intriguing and not mainstream? My understanding is we were all created to turn from our sins, believe in Christ as Lord, and henceforth live for Him with our primary purpose to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. We were all created to be on fire for Jesus! We were all created to live and breathe for the Lord! So why is my life considered so extreme? So different?
Here’s my concern. Some of the people who find my life to be so intriguing are CHRISTIANS! Is it possible that modern day Christianity is so filled with either false teaching altogether or with watered-down, sugar-coated teaching and with clinging to comfort and convenience instead of to Christ and His ways that people like myself are considered rare and even crazy? Oh, yes, I am crazy. Crazy for Christ! Totally devoted to my great love, my first love, the one who is to be number one in ALL OF OUR LIVES! JESUS THE CHRIST!
Friend, not so very long ago, I was anything but a sold out Christ follower. I was consumed with self and was living for me according to the world’s ways yet professing to believe in Jesus as Lord. But the Lord got a hold of me, led me to repentance, and from the foundation up began to re-make me into the woman of God He has created me to be. TOTALLY HIS!
If you are convicted reading this that it’s time to give your all and all to the Lord Jesus Christ, to forsake all for Him, to turn away from the world’s ways and to turn wholly to Christ, to have Him be your FIRST LOVE, please go before the Lord and begin the amazingly awesome journey of belonging utterly to the Lord Jesus Christ now and forevermore, For HE IS LORD FOREVER! LORD, LORD, LORD! KING, KING, KING! FOREVER CHRIST!