Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giving Up Your Personal Rights for the Sake of the Gospel |

This subject has been on my mind lately and then I was reminded about it twice yesterday.  It is easy to focus on our rights and what is due to us.  Part of what the United States was founded on was the idea of personal liberty.  If you know me I am a huge fan of liberty.

Yet on the other hand, if we are not careful, we can make our liberty an obstacle in following Jesus.  In other words our personal liberties, our rights, must always be evaluated in light of Jesus and our commitment to Him.  Jesus is our Savior, Lord, and King and therefore He is entitled to our devotion.

Andrew Jackson, in this post from The Resurgence, asks the question: What is more important to you: your personal, spiritual, and ministry rights, or the integrity and advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

This is a very important question to consider.  It is "easy" to follow Jesus when His agenda seems to line up with ours, but would we continue to follow Him if He asked us to do something that didn't make sense to us?  Would we walk away sad like the rich young ruler?

Giving Up Your Personal Rights for the Sake of the Gospel |

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