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Greetings children of God.
Mark 1:16-18 – “As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
Have y’all ever noticed that sometimes it’s inconvenient to be a Christian? We live in an instant society. The rate of our travel, communication, and access to information spoil us with their immediacy. We’re frustrated with long lines and annoyed with delays. This is a problem for Christian discipleship. Christians devote themselves to the call of Jesus, “Follow me,” but to follow Jesus is neither convenient nor quick. Life in an instant society has produced a “Christianity of convenience.” Follow Jesus on your own terms. Fit him neatly into your pocket or your calendar. Make your faith work for you. When Christianity gets hard or makes unpleasant demands, find an easier way.
Convenient Christianity doesn’t have the patience to follow after Jesus. It’s in a hurry to find short cuts. “How can we do this Jesus thing easily?” But Jesus said, “The road is hard and the way is narrow” (Matt. 7:14). “How does faith fit into my schedule?” Jesus says, “No, how does your schedule fit into my time?” “How can I fit Jesus into everything else I have going on in my life?” Jesus says, “No, how do you fit into everything I’m doing?” Jesus teaches us inconvenient things that take time and require sacrifice, like this, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt. 16:24) Convenience is not inherently evil, nor is inconvenience inherently a virtue. But our greatest virtues are only acquired in the school of inconvenient experience.
The long and weary roads of life teach us that we have limits. Slow and laborious circumstances confront us with our frailty and urge us to faith. Here we learn the necessary skills of the Christian life: patience, perseverance, devotion, sacrifice, self-control, and love. Such virtues cannot be learned in a hurry, nor can they be expressed in haste. We need to let God challenge us even when it’s uncomfortable. We need to orient our lives around Jesus even when it’s inconvenient. When we do, we grow in our faith and as disciples. Where are you choosing convenience over Jesus?
Blessings on your day,
I want to share Bishop Daniel’s thoughts on this with y’all.
Greetings children of God,
This year, the NWOS is inviting everyone to join them in 2021, as they read through the entire New Testament in Chronological Order. Not Matthew to Revelation, but James to Revelation. You may be surprised to know that many of the New Testament Letters were composed before the Gospels were written. You can click on the link below to get the daily reading guide. Spending time reading God’s Word daily is something we should all do and many times, it feels daunting or more like a task, something we have to do instead of something we want to do, because we’re not sure how long we should read for or how much we should read. The daily reading guide for the New Testament solves those issues as the readings are a chapter a day, sometimes less. Reading a chapter a day takes about 3-5 minutes and after reading, I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on what you’ve read. You may just be surprised as to what you think, feel or experience. I look forward to this journey with you.