Thoughts on Self-Preservation from Rev. Furtick

Hey I just read this post from Steven Furtick.  Interesting thoughts and I think it’s a good reminder that Jesus actually called us to die to ourselves.  hmm.

The limitation of self-preservation

A focus on self-preservation
is the greatest limitation
on the momentum of a movement.

Holly and I were watching an episode of 24 a few months ago, and I realized what makes terrorists so powerful and so dangerous.
They have absolutely no regard for self-preservation.
Their only obsession is the cause.
And they are committed to the cause regardless of the personal cost.

Thus, this possibility haunts and inspires me:
How powerful-
Even dangerous
would the Church be if our only obsession was the cause of Christ?
If concern for self-preservation gave way to radical commitment to the Gospel?
We might just make a splash in our cities for the glory of God through aggressive love and generosity.
The momentum of the movement would reach a tipping point, and the effects would be undeniable.

Obligatory Disclaimer:
(I’m not advocating Christian terrorism.  I’m advocating radical love for people, and contrasting that to the radical hatred of terrorists.  You might think a disclaimer like this would be unnecessary, but you’d be surprised.)

The Way I See It #267

A lot of the starbucks cups have been lame lately but when there is one that I like I feel compelled to share it.  Today i received one such cup

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears – it is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.  But for many of my neurological patients, music is even more – it can provide access, even when no medication can, to movement, to speech, to life.  For them, music is not a luxury, but a necessity.”

-Oliver Sacks, Neurologist, Author.