Ordinary, everyday discipleship

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17) As a Jesus follower, I am committed to living LIKE Jesus in the details of my life. This not just about doing religious things, like going to church, praying before meals, reading the bible, etc. Following Jesus is about how you spend money, how I treat my spouse, how I handle disagreements, how I respond to a health concern. It is in the ordinary daily details – whatever I do – that I strive to live LIKE Jesus. Continue reading ‘Ordinary, everyday discipleship’ »

How does Jesus speak to me?

I recently spoke on the idea that Jesus still speaks to us, by His Spirit, in our hearts. I described what happened to the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). The spiritual ‘heart burn’ was how I described the Spirit of Jesus speaking to their hearts. This is something that I personally experience when I read the bible. Let me explain how Jesus speaks to me when I read the bible. Continue reading ‘How does Jesus speak to me?’ »

Why do I post my bible reflections?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Every day for the last 10+ years I have been posting my reflections here.
I am so thankful to ‘tdk’ for supporting me with his own reflections on the blog.
Someone recently asked me WHY I post my reflections here.

First I want to clarify what my reasons are NOT.
I am NOT writing these reflections because I am a minister, and I get paid to do it.
I am NOT writing these reflections to impress people how pious and holy I am.
I am NOT writing these reflections to teach people what they should think or believe.
I am NOT writing these reflections to excuse you from doing your own reflecting. Continue reading ‘Why do I post my bible reflections?’ »

Following Jesus — changes everything!

Actually, I think I disagree.
Yes, hollow worship is harmless and risk free.
But true worship, in spirit and truth, actually changes everything too.
I would argue that worshipping Jesus and following Jesus are the same thing.
But we have too narrow a definition of worship; we think of singing songs.
Paul spoke of offering our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2).
If we worshipped like this, everything would change!!!

A reason to weep!

“Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” (Galatians 3:1)
I remember watching Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) in the theatre. As Jesus’ suffering and death was clearly portrayed before me, I wept like a baby. It was not just that I was sickened by the violence and gore… I was. I was sickened by the sin that could cause such pain, that could do such a thing.

And it brought to mind how much violence and gore continue to happen in the world today. How have we collectively become such monsters, that we could commit such atrocities. And even if I am not guilty of such horrific crimes, what about the ways I do hurt others. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, I have hurt people with my words and actions. Or by my silence and inaction.

The suffering and crucifixion of Jesus show us how ugly and terrible the sin we inflict on God and creation is. If I weep at a movie, how much more does God weep as He daily endures all the violence and gore that occurs. Only love can explain why He does not give up on us, why He willingly endures our terrible acts.

Since that first time, I’ve tried to watch the Passion again, but I cannot stomach it. Yet we must face it, we must realize how bad sin really is, if we want to see how amazing grace is. For the cross not only reveals the horror of sin, it also reveals the wonder of grace. In Christ God embraces us in our violence and gore, shame and misery; He joins us in our curse. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” (Galatians 3:13) That He should love me – and you – this much, is also something we must face… and embrace.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) If sin makes us weep (and so it should), how much more should His amazing mercy and love have us weeping like a baby.

Today is a good day to weep.