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April 12, 2016

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Thanks Amy. Inspiring words!

This is so true. Christianity is not a spectator sport. Jesus said, "If anyone would follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Luke 9:23).

Jesus gives three characteristics of his followers in this simple statement. We must be other-centered rather than self-centered, we must be willing to endure daily sacrifice, and we must have Jesus as our goal.

Whenever we fail at one of these, our fruitfulness is compromised.

You know, while I agree we shouldn't put our light under a bushel, I think we have to temper that with passages like Hosea 4:6 and James 3:1. Gaining knowledge isn't just for the purpose of sharing it with other people. It's benefits ourselves, too. If it didn't benefit the individual, there'd be no reason to share it.

And I also reject the notion that "We must be other-centered rather than self-centered." There are many places in scripture that advocate both self-interest and other-interest, e.g. Philippians 2:4.

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