The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The simple teachings of Jesus

How often have you met people who try to convince you that the teachings of Jesus are simple? We must wonder if they have ever met the Jesus of Nazareth. When we experience the new life that comes from a dynamic encounter with the living Christ, we quickly learn that following Jesus is not simple at all. We soon learn that “go and sin no more” demands a humility and brokenness of which this world knows nothing. We find “sell all you have” a command that questions every penny we spend. We wonder at the words “hate your mother and father” and realize that God is a jealous God who demands total allegiance. We falter at those words “die to yourself” and begin to understand how self-centered we really are. Is it any wonder that Jesus observed with sorrow that many come but few follow? – Ron Friesen

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