Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An Inconvenient Truth - Part 2

A few months ago I wrote a post titled An Inconvenient Truth, and I shared a verse out of 2 Peter.  These words came back to me today as I was reading in Acts.

Paul had been taken to Caesarea to appear before Governor Felix after being accused by the priests and Jewish leaders in Jerusalem.  When Paul was called upon by Felix to defend himself, he took the opportunity (as he always did) to share the Gospel. 

As he (Paul) reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I'll call for you again."  Acts 24:25 NLT
 
For many people, the message of Christ is an inconvenient truth.  

Felix listened to Paul's words until the truth became uncomfortable.

In Acts 22:21-22, the crowd listened to Paul until he said that God sent him to preach the Good News to the Gentiles.

Congregations listen to the pastor until he starts teaching about giving up their rights, laying down their lives, and following Christ.    

We listen to God until He asks us to forgive, or give, or go . . .  


What will you do with the message of Christ? 

Many blessings,

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7 comments:

  1. This is absolutely spot-on Lisa, and a wonderfully convicting post.

    We all have things in our lives that when we're honest, we know aren't what Christ would desire of us. Instead of shying away from those conflicts, we should instead recognize them for what they are, and work towards shaping ourselves into the men and women of God we're called to be.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  2. Wonderful post Lisa. I know many people who put on the facade of Christianity until it becomes uncomfortable. Then they turn and go a different direction, or do not speak up when given opportunity.

    God Bless You Sister!

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  3. I remember someone I know saying "I'm just not ready to give up my life yet," as we discussed following Christ. She didn't understand how big of a statement that was... it was an inconvenient truth. What is misunderstood is the urgency to follow Him now, there's no time to waste... nothing worth holding onto. I'm grateful that that friend knows now and is following Him. I'm learning if your not uncomfortable in this life than something is wrong. That lack of comfort is a plumb line right to Him... it acknowledges my desperate need for Him. Great post! Blessings!

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  4. So true. We listen until it hits home, then we shut down. I want to listen and apply it. Great encouragement.

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  5. Lisa,

    When GOd first started asking me to give up some things, I had a little bit of salty attitude about it, but now that I see that what I gave up can't even begin to compare to what He has given me in return. Great post Lisa, and many blessings to you.

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  6. Wow..so true. We want him until it means we have to give up something we don't want to give up...or do something we don't want.

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  7. Have always loved those verses, Lisa. Felix is so much like us. We listen when it's convenient but tend to tune out or run away in fear when listening becomes challenging. Great reminder.

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