Monday, March 9, 2015

The Choice of the Dangerous Kind

"Do you not know that being the world's friend is being God's enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God" (James 4:4b AMP).
     "The choice before the dangerous kind is explicit: the narrow way of the kingdom versus the sixteen-lane superhighway of the world, a superior but inestimably more hazardous life versus an inferior but less personally demanding life. The narrow way is the way of Jesus' own ministry, doing what he did in radical dependence on the Holy Spirit and stirring up all manner of spiritual reprisals as a result. The narrow way is the commitment to remember the poor and to incarnate the kindness of heaven's king to the forgotten ones of our society. The narrow path disdains the spotlight and embraces being hidden in Christ's life. It places itself under the Word, not over it, and submits quickly to its demands, constraints, and requirements. The narrow way is the heart-healing road of repentance, reckless obedience, and love as the absolute gold standard of kingdom life. The narrow way is the only road open to the dangerous kind, who have been made this offer by their Father: you can have life to the full, 'til it overflows. Or you can have the pseudo life of nominal Christianity in which the world will ever serve you tea as you spend your days in pursuits that never fully engage you.
     "The choice is real and it is before each person who names Jesus of Nazareth as Lord. This One whom we claim as our own makes this claim upon us (Matthew 7:13-14 PHILLIPS): 'Go in by the narrow gate. For the wide gate has a broad road which leads to disaster and there are many people going that way. The narrow gate and the hard road lead out into life and only a few are finding it.' Making the right choice, the dangerous choice, is everything."

(from The Dangerous Kind by Graeme Sellers, pages 150-151)

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