I believe - isn't that enough?
If I were to put myself inside the skin of a
Christian who believes in Jesus but doesn't follow Him - what would my
life be like? What would I experience? For starters, I would
be cynical about church and the
possibility of the Christian life actually working.
be focused on myself - my needs, my
rights, my options.
prefer being a spectator - watching,
listening, but not really participating.
occasionally admit that
I have a busy, fast-paced, cluttered life and a short attention
insist on arranging my
life around my personal preferences, pleasures, and
experience the frustration of trying to
have the best of both worlds, attempting to serve two masters -
Jesus and someone or something else.
Jan Hettinga lives in Snohomish, Washington,
a community near Seattle. He is Sr. Pastor Emeritus at Northshore Baptist
Church where he served as Sr. Pastor from 1979 to 2008.
During his years of ministry at Northshore
he led the church into a church planting movement. more