So much of life is made of circumstances that drive us to make choices. The challenge is making the right ones, "right" being those that drive us closer and closer to Jesus. He is the one who conforms us to being more like Him. That's the goal, isn't it. Let's listen, as Gerry Wilson, our pastor at Friends Church going back more than 30 years ago, shares from Paul's letters just how we might fight the battle... and win.
These are difficult days. Not that we wish for the types of circumstances we've seen as a society this past year of 2020, but as Christians it can be a real blessing. We need to have the right perspective.
It usually takes a situation that gets serious before we get serious. And that sometimes brings us to a place where we find ourselves willing to act differently, stepping out where normally we wouldn't or haven't in the past; speaking up, taking a stand, acting with passion. Today Nancy observes a shift in Jesus' manner of teaching as His time to fulfill His purpose on earth draws near. Today we're in Chapter 9 of Mark.
Jesus did not call us to be Christians. He called us to be disciples. And there's a difference. Being a disciple of Jesus does not have a comfort zone. Dying to yourself is the norm.
Having night blindness is not something ever due to our own choice. It's not something you'd wish on yourself or anyone else. But there is a blindness that we can choose, and if we don't pay careful attention, it can lead to permanent blindness with some very serious additional repercussions. We are in Mark Chapter 8.
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