January 26, 2010

A Convenient Cross

We live in a world where most everything is tailored for our convenience. Whether it's our microwaves with a button created specifically for "popcorn" so that we don't have to press two extra buttons or our cars that have passenger & driver "climate zones" where each person can set their own temperature to insure their comfort, our convenience & comfort has become a priority both for us & the companies that are trying to sell us stuff.

But what happens when our desire for convenience goes off the tracks? What happens when it bleeds into our spiritual lives & our walk with Christ? Have you ever heard of a convenient cross? Have you ever really heard of a covenient way to sacrifice yourself? A.W. Tozer says, "every advance we make for God & for His cause must be made at our inconvenience. If it does not inconvenience us at all, there is no cross in it!"

We have to be careful not to confuse the convenience that we seek in our toys with our growth as disciples. Real growth isn't going to be convenient; advancing God's Kingdom in our lives & in this world is costly. When we forget that we become mediocre Christians, mediocre leaders, & mediocre ministries. We cannot carry a convenient cross because it's a myth; it does not exist.

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