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:
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.
(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.)