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Sunday, April 16, 2017

No Negotiating

April 16

(Mark 8:34-37 NIV) ""Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. {35} For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. {36} What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? {37} Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?""

(Matthew 19:21-24 NIV) ""Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." {22} When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. {23} Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. {24} Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.""

One of the great dysfunctions of the church today is negotiating Christians. Jesus says, “Take up your cross”, and we ask, “Does that come in a petite size that's not so heavy and rough?” Jesus says, “Take the narrow road”, and we ask, “Are there plenty of restaurants and rest stops along the way?” Most of us are champions at half measures and cutting corners when it comes to following Jesus. We want to get it done at the lowest possible price. This is Christianity on the cheap. Maybe it's time to stop bargaining with God. Frankly, we're not really in any position to negotiate. What's actually called for is a total and unconditional surrender -- no negotiations, no fine print, just run up the white flag. Open up every single room of your heart to the Lord. Give Him every key. Turn over every password. No holding back. He does the talking. We do the listening. This is what disciples do. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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