It is amazing how many people want the power of Christ but not the path of Christ. They do not want to follow a Christ who uses His resources and power to help others. However, they will soon discover that following Jesus inevitably leads to a road of self-sacrifice. It is at this crossroads that many turn away from following the Jesus of the Bible.
We see in the Scriptures that multitudes came to Jesus because they were hungry and saw that He could multiply bread. Others came because they wanted to rule and reign, and they thought Jesus would overthrow the Roman Empire. What Jesus was asking for, however, was full commitment to the cause of God that was about to be unfolded in His life. He told them, “It is the spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). In other words, “What I am telling you will give you life, carry you, sustain you and keep you through difficult days.” Jesus added, “But there are some of you who do not believe,” for He “knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him” (6:64).
When they recognized what it would cost, many disciples turned away and walked with him no more. I believe this is how it will play out in our day too. When the truth of Christ is proclaimed, many people will realize that they did not sign up to be a representation of God’s life in the midst of a hostile generation. God is asking for a commitment that will take them to a cross — and suddenly it is no longer attractive.
Scripture does not say the people abandoned religion; rather, they abandoned Jesus Christ. In other words, they returned to “a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). They went back to a form of religion, and perhaps they were even more zealous than before. But all of it was powerless. They went back to powerless singing, powerless reading and powerless praying — all because they were confronted with what a life of following Christ is truly supposed to look like.
The true power of God is ultimately found in reaching the lost. Once we are determined to give ourselves for the purposes of God and for the people around us, this Spirit of power will be realized in our lives.
(Carter Conlon / General Overseer of Times Square Church, Inc. - “When The Cross Is No Longer Attractive”
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18
O Father of glory, this is the cry of my heart — to be changed from one degree of glory to another, until, in the resurrection, at the last trumpet, I am completely conformed to the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Until then, I long to grow in grace and in the knowledge of my Lord, especially the knowledge of His glory. I want to see it as clearly as I see the sun, and to savor it as deeply as my most desired pleasure. O merciful God, incline my heart to Your word and the wonders of Your glory. Wean me from my obsession with trivial things. Open the eyes of my heart to see each day what the created universe is telling about Your glory. Enlighten my mind to see the glory of Your Son in the Gospel. I believe that You are the All-glorious One, and that there is none like You. Help my unbelief. Forgive the wandering of my affections and the undue attention I give to lesser things. Have mercy on me for Christ’s sake, and fulfill in me Your great design to display the glory of Your grace. In Jesus’s Name I pray, Amen.
My “best friend” recently lead me to a video clip that I am forwarding below to all who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The message described so majestically and perfectly my heart’s desire and vision behind the calling and creation of our Wild Elks outreach efforts. My prayer would be for this same message to become the foundational tenant of faith and principle upon which your higher calling in Christ is also established.
We are called to herald “the narrow way” leading to the life of Jesus, refusing to follow the ways of man. We seek to allow His heart to be revealed through a life of excellence in all that we say and do.
For the Glory of Christ
We can only and truly God when we remove the desire to glorify self. The goal of our outreach efforts is to win fame for Jesus Christ, using the gifts He has given in order to proclaim life and set captives free while proclaiming the Gospel message of the Great Love of our Creator.
It takes a brave heart and a steadfast spirit - won’t you join with us today and bring others with you in this calling towards a greater glory in Christ Jesus and the advancement of His Kingdom.