I Wish Jesus Hadn't Said That...
Jesus had a way of turning things on their head big time. We call ourselves his followers, but are we really willing to dare to follow him when he says: 'Take up your cross' 'Love your enemies' 'I did not...
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Jesus had a way of turning things on their head big time. We call ourselves his followers, but are we really willing to dare to follow him when he says:
'Take up your cross'
'Love your enemies'
'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword'
'Go and make disciples of all nations'
'Let's face it,' says Steve Timmis. 'Being a follower of Jesus can be rather inconvenient ... a pain in the neck.' It cuts right across so many of our 'natural' rights and desires.
Or so we think.
But the paradox is that it's in the losing, rather than the loving, of our lives that we find amazing joy and deep fulfilment. Obeying God, rather than spoiling everything, enables us to live the life we were always made to live.
"I found this book compulsive reading - I couldn't put it down! The author, Steve Timmis, hits hard, but so truly and fairly - he kept reminding me of Jerry Bridges' book Respectable Sins and I felt convicted in every chapter, but also encouraged to accept the challenge to change - and be changed - to become what Jesus wants me to be. Thank you, Steve!'
- Helen Roseveare, 20 years medical missionary in Congo with WEC International; many years as deputation worker worldwide; and author of 12 books
Steve Timmis co-leads the Northern Cornhill Training Course and lectures in theology.