Follow Me

11 05 2014

“The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore – on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him ‘meek and mild,’ and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.”

–Dorothy Sayers

For a long time I have feasted upon this quote by the renowned British writer Dorothy Sayers. Too often our Jesus is too small. Too much we marvel at the mechanical and not the magnificent one. The Jesus of the Scripture is compelling, revolutionary, often disturbing and quite frankly messes with the status quo in our lives. He is the one I want to know and make known. It is four letters on His life, a few hours of reading material I desire to devour. I’m asking, “How did Jesus talk … act … love … think?” I marvel at the invitation, “Follow Me.” I bask in walking with Him. He has guided my steps in the darkest of days and the best of days. I know His voice and the joy of His presence. He is not a myth or an elusive historical figure. Jesus is alive. No matter how godless our society becomes, no matter how far we drift…the Gospel of Jesus will be the most compelling, life changing story in the universe, and it is able to stir the coldest heart. This is the truth I am not ashamed to make known for the rest of my life.

Vicar of Baghdad (middle) and Iraqi Air Force General (right)

“Don’t take care…TAKE RISKS!” So says the Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad who wears a flak jacket, a clerical collar and a cross. I got to meet and spend a Saturday evening with this man, who pastors a church in Baghdad, Iraq. In the past few years, 1,276 of his church members have been killed. He is accompanied by a couple truckloads of armed bodyguards whenever he travels. He takes risks to sound the alarm for Jesus in a country that sees so much division and killing. Six-thousand people in his church have answered the call … in Baghdad. The Vicar says he has never been frightened even once because perfect love casts out all fear. Multiple sclerosis, bombings, constant threats and Religicide (intentional killing off of a particular religion in a given region) cannot stop this man or the Gospel. This meeting inspires me to Take Risks for Jesus.

 Michael Sprague

Alpha and Omega




2 responses

11 05 2014

Wow! Now that is an awesome testimony to start the day! My husband served in Iraq and his friend died there in order to allow the people of that country more freedom! Freedom to serve whatever God they chose! I am so amazed at the persecution they face and yet they do not back down! God bless them!

11 05 2014
D. Raymond-Wryhte

Yes, and a true disciple cannot afford to back down, as it is written …

Luke 14:25-35
Lexham English Bible (LEB)
The Cost of Discipleship

25 Now large crowds were going along with him, and he turned around and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and furthermore, even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, wanting to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish!’ 31 Or what king, going out to engage another king in battle, does not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand. 32 But if not, while the other is still far away, he sends an ambassador and asks for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, therefore, every one of you who does not renounce all his own possessions cannot be my disciple.

34 “Now salt is good, but if salt becomes tasteless, with what will it be made salty? 35 It is usable neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; they throw it out. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

And also …

Romans 12:1-2
Lexham English Bible (LEB)
A Life Dedicated to God

12 Therefore I exhort you, brothers, through the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may approve what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.

And …

Hebrews 12:1-3
Lexham English Bible (LEB)
The Example of Jesus’ Suffering

12 Therefore, since we also have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, putting aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, let us run with patient endurance the race that has been set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the originator and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider the one who endured such hostility by sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary in your souls and give up.

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