"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

Important truths as we hear Jesus’ call to wholehearted devotion

We must not compare ourselves with one another… Comparison is the basis of pride. We must reject legalism and externals as the measure of our Christianity. Jesus’ life is our standard. Jesus said, “You follow Me!”

We must not despair or grow discouraged as we hear the Lord’s high call to radical commitment and devotion…Jesus’ presence through the Holy Spirit is our hope. Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans.”

We must not be indifferent to what Jesus says… As a follower of Christ – indifference to His words are not an option. Jesus’ words are our authority. Jesus said, “Take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

We must avoid laziness in applying what Jesus says… (to think I don’t want to deal with these things – lots of churches aren’t and I don’t have to either – I can find easier paths to live out my Christian life, or I will deal with this later – this is too hard and too much and too often – reflects a laziness we must avoid) – This battle for radical devotion – this fight against materialism and this passion for social justice and care for the children and the needy and the poor and a faith that impacts the way we live is worth fighting for and wrestling for and running after. Jesus’ glory is worth it. We want to experience His glory and we want the poor and the needy and those who don’t know Jesus to experience His glory. Jesus said, “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. “