But where else would we want to be? If we have made that commitment to follow Jesus—whatever the cost—how can we compromise the message of the Scriptures to gain admittance or acceptance by those who reject our message? Should we love them? Yes. Should we present the Good News of the gospel to them and invite them to join us on this one and only, exclusive pathway to heaven? Absolutely! But we must love them enough to challenge them to turn from their sin and return to the Father's heart in the way the Scriptures prescribe. For that is the very essence of the list we must live—or die—by.

If we will keep our focus uncompromisingly on what matters, we will not become sidetracked by things that don't. Our list will be short, and we will be Christians who make a difference in our world.

Kathi Macias, popular speaker and prolific author, is an Angel-award winning writer who has published nearly thirty books, including her latest releases, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today (New Hope Publishers) and My Son John (a novel from Sheaf House). Whether keyboarding her latest book, keynoting a conference, or riding on the back of her husband's Harley, Kathi "Easy Writer" Macias is a lady on a mission to communicate God's vision. Her insightful words—filled with passion, humor and soul nourishment—refresh audiences from all walks of life. Join Kathi as she hosts "Write the Vision" every Thursday from 6—7 p.m. (Pacific Time) via THE International Christian Network (www.theicn.com). To learn more about Kathi or to book her for your next event, visit www.KathiMacias.com. 

 Original publication date: April 20, 2010