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Jump Off the Cliff of Indifference.


Yes, it IS all about Jesus after all.  Now comes the focus of Paul’s instructions to Timothy in verses 3-4  “<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29831A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>Suffer hardship with me, as a good <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29831B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>soldier of <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29831C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-29832D" data-link="(D)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.”  Do you see that word “suffer?”  The one’s who fell away were not willing to suffer for Christ any more and their desertion affected the Lord’s work.  Paul warned Timothy to not let that happen to him and his commitment.  He told him to stay away from “civilian affairs.”  Those affairs are very powerful and many times we will find we are too involved in them when we give every excuse to be a part of them, including not focusing and doing ministry as we should.  End result – FAILURE!!

I guess we have to weigh the effects and if it is worth it.  The Asiatics didn’t have the ministry pressure any more and  they could get on with their “normal” lives.  The only problem is the life of a believer is everything but normal.  I have had people ask me what I would want as a minister if it was up to me.  I really have to think about that but it would probably be that I could stay in one community and have a good home base to build on.   I would invest in a home and stay long enough for it to actually make money instead of lose it, like we have almost always done when we agreed to go to a new location and then try to sell our home. I would get my little nest egg in the bank and have a church where everybody knows my name and thinks of me as the home town boy.  But that was not the lot God chose for me.  Mine was to live a life where I had to really stay open to going wherever God led, even when it was not where I necessarily wanted to go, but felt it was God’s direction for me.  Some of those decisions might have been mistakes but I went about my work for the Lord with as good an attitude as possible.  I didn’t desert the Lord when the going got too tough because my standard was filled with civilian type reasons for deserting.  I just didn’t entangle myself in those aspirations because I didn’t believe I could.  Everyday life wasn’t my God.  God was my God and his call and purpose became mine, at the expense of my goals and my families goals.  Family is very important, but can never be more important than the Lord in my life.  Here is how Jesus said it in Matthew 10:37-39 37 “<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-23455A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-23456B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NASB-23457C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>He who has found his <span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NASB-23457a" data-link="[a]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; font-style: italic; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[a]life will lose it, and he who has lost his <span class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-NASB-23457b" data-link="[b]” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; font-style: italic; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>[b]life for My sake will find it.  I would have loved to be able to be at family functions and funerals, but many times I was too far away to attend and it always hurt my heart to have to miss, but thus it is the life of a disciple.  There was a point in my life when I said “this is it” and I jumped of the cliff of indifference and jump into the space of total commitment.  It has been worth it all, but it doesn’t mean I don’t think about what “could have been.”  No regrets!!

I think back to Saving Private Ryan and the part where old James Ryan asks his wife “Tell me I have led a good life.  To which she says “what?”  Then he says “Tell me I’m a good man.” To which she says “You are.”  I hope I will never be considered one who deserts, but keeps on serving as a “good” soldier of the cross.  There have been many sacrifices along the way, but none will ever match the sacrifice that was made for me on the cross of Calvary.  So are you looking at jumping of the cliff of indifference.  Have you already jumped?   Are you going to jump?  JUMP….JUMP…..JUMP……It’s not suicide, but it is sold out commitment.   No half commitment to the world and to the Lord.   Full out commitment to the gospel as only a good soldier would do.  It’s worth it!!

The Pilgrimage continues….

David Warren

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