stop hugging the beam!

this excerpt from a message delivered by francis chan, author of “crazy love: overwhelmed by a relentless god” and “forgotten god: reversing our neglect of the holy spirit,” really convicted me. 

it’s way past time for many of us to forsake the (american) dream and stop hugging the beam. what would it mean, and what would it look like, if we risked it all for the glory of christ? what’s it going to take for me (or you) to be able to say with passion and conviction what paul said: “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course” (Acts 20:24)? and, beyond that, what’s it going to take to live that out? what does that mean for family, career, car, house, kids, wife, life?

my family of five has wrestled with that for years. and we have made some decisions that may be viewed by some as risky. but i remain burdened because i know my heart and i know how easily i become enslaved to the comforts of my life and how tenaciously i cling to them. i know how desperate i am for christ to rescue me from myself and to set me on a path of god-centered risk for his name’s sake.  i need to stop hugging the beam!

“And now what about you? Are you caught in the enchantment of security, paralyzed from taking any risks for the cause of God? Or have you been freed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the mirage of Egyptian safety and comfort? Do you men ever say with Joab, ‘For the sake of the name, I’ll try it! And may the Lord do what seems good to him’? Do you women ever say with Esther, ‘For the sake of Christ, I’ll try it! And if I perish, I perish’?” (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, 89-90)

“Christ calls us to take risks for kingdom purposes. Almost every message of American consumerism says the opposite: Maximize comfort and security – now, not in heaven. Christ does not join that chorus. To every timid saint, wavering on the edge of some dangerous gospel venture, he says, ‘Fear not, you can only be killed’ (Luke 12:4). Yes, by all means maximize your joy! How? For the sake of love, risk being reviled and persecuted and lied about, “for your reward is great in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12).” (John Piper, A Call for Christian Risk)

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~ by david on October 18, 2009.

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