"The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." —C. S. Lewis
In today's demanding world, priorities and procrastination are a must. We must choose what's most important, and we must neglect what's less important when there are only 24 hours in a day. As the procrastinator's motto goes, "Don't put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow."
But what happens if we procrastinate the most important thing of all, and fail to prioritize our eternal destiny? That leads to what I call the "standby" mythstake. It sounds like the words of another man Jesus described:
"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.'" But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' —Luke 12:18-20
This mythstake is pretty basic. It says "Yeah, Yeah, I believe that, but I'll deal with it later". I don't have to explain how foolish this is, do I? "Later" could come in an instant. If you are living a lie, disaster can strike anytime with consequences that last forever. Like most mythstakes, this one dissolves with the least bit of thought. That night the man lost his life. The Bible tells us the truth: God invites us to live in Truth today.
Jesus, I agree that my days on earth are numbered, and I really have no idea when my number is up. I surrender everything I have and everything I am to You right now. I'm trusting You to live in me and through me today to Your glory. Amen.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World. By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
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