Day 4: From Consuming to Transforming

It seems easy to get saved by Jesus.  “…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved Acts 2:21

Be Quiet.  Sit still and silent for one minute.  Let your mind be aware that God is with you. Imagine God smiling at you and enjoying you simply because you showed-up to be with Him! Breath slowly and relax.

 Scripture.  Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.””  Luke 9:23-24

Meditation.  It seems easy to get saved by Jesus.  “…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved Acts 2:21.  Like a transaction for our consumption, place your order to Jesus and you get freaky fast delivery of forgiveness and eternal life.  The reality is that while salvation is free to us, it cost Jesus His life.  He bled-out and suffocated while hanging on an ugly cross so we could be redeemed.

For anyone who wants to be His disciple, Jesus spells it out clearly that it’s no cakewalk.  Following Christ means learning to find life where He found it, (union with His Father) and do life the way He did it.  (Voluntary submission to His Father’s will).  For us, that means utter realignment in every dimension of our lives, outward and inward.  It requires us to walk the difficult path of repeatedly denying ourselves the seductive consumer experiences that masquerade as “the good life”.   All the while, taking hold of Christ’s nail-scarred hand on a challenging journey that changes us from the inside-out.  He calls us to reject pride, privilege, popularity, and possessions as indicators of “blessed-ness”.  This is the authentic path of discipleship in the 21st century just as it was the 1st.  The same Gospel that saves us also transforms us.

Dallas Willard wrote, “Consumer Christianity is now normative. The consumer Christian is one who utilizes the grace of God for forgiveness and the services of the church for special occasions but does not give his or her life and innermost thoughts, feelings, and intentions over to the kingdom of the heavens. Such Christians are not inwardly transformed and not committed to it.” 

Question to Ponder.  What hang-ups do you have about committing yourself to inward transformation?

Connect with God.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you a place in your life where you consume God’s goods for personal benefit, but avoid the path of change.  Ask Him to forgive you and have forgiveness and for grace to follow Christ toward transformation in His likeness.

Connect with People.  Talk to a spiritual friend about what God is showing you.  Ask them to pray for you to have the courage to pick up your cross and follow Jesus like never before.