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Why does “abandon” need to be a part of your discipling curriculum?

We are not physical beings having temporary spiritual experiences. We are spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience. But we mistake what we see and hear for reality. Three times in his second book, Peter describes followers of Jesus as “strangers in this world.” Jesus clued u…
By Seth Barnes

We are not physical beings having temporary spiritual experiences. We are spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience. But we mistake what we see and hear for reality. Three times in his second book, Peter describes followers of Jesus as “strangers in this world.”

great ozJesus clued us in to life behind the matrix. He said things like:

“Love your enemies.” (To apply this, ask: “OK, who are my enemies and how do I treat them?”)

“Give to everyone who asks you.” (To apply this, ask: “How do I respond to panhandlers?”)

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” (I haven’t done that yet – have you?)

In conclusion, he advises: “Stop judging by mere appearances.”

Somehow, we’ve sanitized the Jesus of the Bible. We’ve reduced the business of being His follower down to saying a three sentence prayer while we continue living life as usual. I regularly confuse spiritual reality with appearances and most people I know do too.

man behind the curtainI love the scene where Toto pulls back the curtain on the great and wonderful Oz – this blog is a concerted effort to do that, helping us to “stop judging by mere appearances.” We have been led to believe all kinds of things that are what the Bible calls “vain imaginations.” Jesus called them “old wineskins.” Isaiah saw them in a vision as dry bones.

No one can be your personal Holy Spirit, but we can help one another question assumptions. Why do you live the way you live? What in your life can you really not do without? How do you begin looking and smelling like Jesus in a world as complicated as ours? There may be no easy answers, but we can help one another look behind the curtain. We do that as we practice abandon and particularly as we practice it recklessly.

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