Last night someone asked me what denomination we are. I answered by telling him why I left all the denominations. I talked about how much of the Scriptures are routinely ignored by everyone in pretty much every Protestant church. There are those of us who couldn’t take it anymore, and we are trying to live in obedience to the things most “Christians” ignore.
Then I listed a few for him. Turning the other cheek, forsaking all our possessions, loving with a heavenly love that produces a unity closer than any earthly family. As I quoted the words of Jesus and the apostles, he asked questions about how that is practically lived out.
Honestly, I have no idea of the effect our discussion had on him, but it took my breath away. I am giving myself to the teachings of Jesus, but how fully? Having to explain the call of Jesus highlighted areas where my diligence lags. It highlighted small, or not so small, compromises I make. The sword of conviction was deep and painful, but it’s a pain that must be embraced often by all of us.
If someone were to ask you what it means to hate your own life so that you might keep it for eternal life, do you know what you would tell them? And if you told them, would you be able to say, “That’s how I live my life”?