What if our calling as Christians to pick up our cross and follow Jesus is a heart issue of such magnitude that it leads to the most fulfilling and satisfying outcome imaginable, reaching some level internally that responds to a God-created capacity for truth and righteousness…to mirror His own divine capacity in this area?
What if God created us to be able to comprehend (Eph. 3:16-19) the “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of the fullness of life eternal that God has for us, and not to faint but rather to press forward through the present tribulations we and others experience that are the challenging components of the process of a walk of faith (Eph. 3:13)?
What if the universal dictum that nothing worthwhile in life comes easily or free of struggle, applies also to our Christian discipleship?
If God says to us that the most difficult path is also the one right way to go, then it has to turn out in the end to be the very thing our hearts and minds desire above all else (Ps. 37:4-6).
Confronting and overcoming the destructive intentions of spiritual opposition and darkness…whether it be in the form of invading Midianites for Gideon, or the giant-sized warrior Goliath for David, or the stubbornly unmovable Pharaoh of Egypt for Moses, or simply waiting for a promise of God to eventually come true for Abraham…the take-away lesson here is that the most purposeful and fulfilling of all of life’s experiences must be found in the issues unearthed through a God-designed and composed life-script for each and every person of faith.
The parables in Matthew 13:44-46 tell us that the pursuit of the kingdom of God is like finding a pearl of great value, or a treasure hidden in a field, which we will go and sell all that we have in order to purchase.
Today’s born-again Christians must decide if we want to be either hot or cold.
There is no such thing in the spiritual realm as Christianity Light.
A God-composed journey of faith is designed specifically for us with little or no wiggle-room to venture off-course one way or the other towards mediocrity (Mt. 7:13-14).
The examples of journeys of faith recorded in the Bible tell us how tightly each story is crafted with perfect precision to achieve all of the intended designs and outcomes of God, at the lofty heights of brilliantly creative imagination and at the upper limits of human achievement (Heb. 12:1-2).
There is no middle-ground approach in a God-composed journey of faith (Rev. 3:15).
If Great Britain decides to change from driving on the left side of the road to the right side like continental Europe, then Great Britain cannot go half-way. Incremental compromise will produce catastrophe.
Some things in life are all-or-nothing. A biblical-quality journey of faith life-script is a complete, premeditated, all-or-nothing venture into the higher ways of God. For Spirit-born Christians of today called and chosen to serve Jesus the King of glory, in our heart of hearts we would not want it any other way.
This is the powerful antidote to radical skeptical unbelief…the solvent that dissolves the corrosive arguments of worldly conventional thinking in opposition to the reality of God-composed journey of faith life-scripts recorded in the Bible.