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Unwilling to lose our lives

By Keith Boutte

 

   “Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.’” Mark 8:34 (NLT)

Today more than ever we Christians must take up the fight for Christ Jesus our Lord. We see injustice taking over in our streets, cities, states, nation and sadly our Supreme Court. Laws are being made from the bench instead of Congress and Congress is unwilling to fight for the moral rights of the people. Washington DC has no party fighting for the godly principles this nation was founded upon. What’s worse, the Church of Christ is bowing to the Courts and Congress as they strip away our rights and our God from our Constitution. America seems unwilling to “take up its Cross and follow Jesus.”

   “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:35 (NLT)

We as Christians are hanging onto “our” lives and sin. Though our Constitution is based on the Bible the people/Church are overwhelmingly unwilling to fight for Christian principles and biblical justice. I ask myself and you, what are we willing to give up for Christ? Will I be a disciple of Christ and take up my Cross and share His story everywhere I go? Will I proclaim Jesus to the world around me?

I see much of the Church in the USA as a dead entity, unwilling to get involved in this government based on biblical principles. Unwilling to lose our lives while our government removes our God from its Congress and Supreme Court. I’m asking, what do you see as you read this article? What do you see on local and national news? “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Mark 8:36 (NLT)

Where do we stand as the Body of Christ? United on biblical values? United in Christ? United in believing “we” are responsible for sharing the Good News? United by standing together in this one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all? This world is not our home but it is our field and we must plant seed to see growth. The seed we plant is not in dirt but in hearts, and the only thing we can bring or send to heaven are souls. As Jesus said in Mark 8:37 (NLT) “Is anything worth more than your soul?” And in Matthew 16:26 (NLT), “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”

The time is short and the harvest is plentiful so we must plant, water, nourish and harvest seed. We were bought with a price we cannot repay, but we can send and bring treasure to heaven by winning souls for Christ Jesus our Lord. As Paul said in Romans
8:33-35, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (NLT)

The Church must live like there is no tomorrow, no time left on our clock of life, nothing more important than winning souls for Jesus. Let us not be found wanting when Jesus returns but ready with souls in tow for Him who gave up heaven, majesty, honor and glory that we might be saved.

   “You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 118:28-29 (NLT)

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NLT)

Keith Boutte resides in Lafayette with lovely wife Christy, and they have four children and four grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others.

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