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When it comes to the atonement that Jesus has provided us on the cross, He didn’t give His life for us, so that we could go on and continue to live the same kind of unacceptable and detestable life that we once used to live. Our salvation is based upon God pulling us out of the destructive state we were once in which had brought spiritual death into our lives by giving us eternal life. The real issue had to do with our sinfulness that had put us into such a terrible situation where we had no desire at all to live in a way that pleases God.
It’s important to realize that Christ’s death on the cross truly highlights the severity and seriousness of our sins committed against a holy and righteous God. The good news is that the death of Jesus has made it absolutely possible for us to come out of the ungodly state we’d been prior to being saved and step into holiness. Christ came and laid down His life for us in order to purchase us from an eternal debt that we could have never paid on our own, so that we could live for Him alone. That simply means that we owe Him everything.
No, I haven’t been there. I don’t want to go there. I don’t even want to focus on it.
I’d rather focus on Heaven and how to get there. The gospel is paramount for the Christian and we should focus on it. Sharing the good news should consume our time, treasure and talent. In a world filled with bad news presented at an increased pace, the good news is the one thing we can hold on to that reminds us that through belief in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we become worthy in the sight of God and can live for Him on earth and with Him for an eternity.
But the reality is . . . Hell exists
And people are going there. People you love. People you like. People who don’t believe the good news.
It’s the bad news and it’s not good dinner party conversation.
However, if those who are saved will be able to spend an eternity in Heaven, then how disturbing is it that a whole myriad of others will be spending eternity in Hell?
Sometimes examples of ways you can fail at something can be more dangerous than helpful because it might encourage a performance based type of system, but the hope is that these ways listed below can help serve as an encouragement on what to be on guard for.
Whether you’re a church leader or not, all of these can apply as we follow Jesus and make disciples who make disciples. Church Leaders had this great list that I wanted to share with you below and think it’s very beneficial for us to be on the lookout for.
Here are 10 ways to fail as a church leader:
1. Build a great ministry while destroying a great marriage.
2. Compromise convictions in a moment of fatigue or weakness, and lose family, reputation, and anointing.
Back in 2006, I realized that Jesus Died for Me, my actual…personal…sins were forgiven and I decided to put my trust in Jesus Christ and follow Him for the rest of my life. I realized that Jesus wasn’t just this big God out there or just some guy on a cross, but that He was personal…that was the changing factor for me.
At that time, I was attending Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley led by Francis Chan and around that same period, they released this video, “Just Stop and Think” which was incredibly helpful for me and for many others. Over time, it has reached millions with its message and I wanted to share that with you.
“The whole message of the Bible is not about this God in Heaven who wants to take from you. It’s about this God who wants to give to you. And if you miss out on that, you’re gonna miss the whole point of your life.” – Francis Chan
This is a powerful reminder for all of us to consider today that Jesus is Better than anything we can ever imagine or go through in life.
Let this be an encouragement to you today that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in today, rest in the fact that you have a relationship with the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is Better.
Here’s the video translated into words for you to read over as well:
“Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us.
Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.
As a parent, my ears perk up a lot more to the message contained within commercials, especially as they target my daughter. We don’t catch every commercial with the DVR and have to hustle to turn the channel or pause it now and then, and that’s just the channel for kids.
From that, I’ve seen a few constant messages aimed at little girls:
- Girls need to get used to the idea of chasing a dream house, beauty and great fashion.
- There is a magic inside of them.
- They should become a pop star and get attention.
As a little boy, I remember being targeted with:
- There are over 50 action figures and vehicles. I should collect them all!
- There is a warrior inside of me.
- I can become a hero and get attention.
Hidden behind bright colors, smiling actors and quick-cut camera-work, I sense another message that has followed me to adulthood. These days, I’m targeted with the need to have better financial investments, new vehicles and the Miller High Life with my buddies. The bottom-line message directed my way then and now is the same. Advertisers want to convince me that what I have is not enough.
There is certainly a game plan Satan uses to try to distract us from God and destroy our relationship with him by having us focus on self.