Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Chapter 9 - The Crux of the Christian Life - Surrender

Have You Really Picked Up the Cross and Followed Jesus?  

This chapter is the reason for the book.  It is the end of the journey.  The use of the word crux has been carefully chosen.  Crux is taken from the Latin word cruc, which means cross or torture.  It is a part of the root of crucify.  Jesus has called us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. (Matt.16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35; Luke 9:23,24).  I believe that most of you are just exactly like me - you and I give total lip service to this idea.  This may sound harsh, but hear me out.

What does it really mean to take up your cross.  Have you ever done it? God is waiting to give you a treasure trove of blessings when you are willing to go all the way with Him.

This was the beginning of 9th chapter in a book that has been created here on this blog. This opening has been radically altered in the final version  The book will be available on Amazon.com April 26 under the title God Called - He Needs Your Decision!  This will be the Kindle edition.  The print edition will follow approximately May 15, and the audio is slated for availability around June 1.  

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The rest of this chapter was available free for almost a year, but has now been removed.  It is my hope that you will truly enjoy the book and that it will bless you.  Some have already reported their thoughts about the book.  Early readers report below.  

Serious Disciples of Jesus should read God Called - He Needs Your Decision!  because, according to one reviewer:

If a baby were born and failed to thrive, the family would rightly consider it a great tragedy. When a Christian is born and fails to thrive, however, many people don’t notice. God Called—He Needs Your Decision! by Randy Kirk is an invitation to Christians to thrive. It is a spiritual counterattack to the widespread misconception that “being” a Christian is a passive state. Randy invites Christians to “do” Christianity.

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Review these questions which might be holding you back from hearing God’s plan for your life:

Jesus says disciples need to carry their cross and follow Him.  Can you do that?
Jesus said that disciples must hate mother and father (compared to Him)  Is that you?
Jesus said that disciples must obey what he has commanded.  Do you?
Jesus said that disciples must give up everything.  Are you prepared to do so?
Dallas Willard says “very few Christians want to hear what God has to say.  Do you?

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Our Christian walk is always about how much we trust and believe, and whether we trust God enough to put aside our fear. Each stage of our maturing in Christ depends on our ability to repent of our unbelief, or pride, and our idols, and move to the next stage. This is true from our first profession of faith. It is true when we start each new discipline. It is true when we become aware of the depths of our sin and mindful of our need to be continually repenting. It is true when we become willing to be completely dependent on and open with God—intimate with Him. Then we must repent of our unbelief again if we are to fully surrender to a calling.

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ersnyder said...

The "end of the journey" could, and possibly should, be the beginning of the journey IMO. A proper understanding of "Lordship" should help with an understanding of taking up the cross, denying your self, and following (submitting) to Jesus. Once you grasp the concept that God owns it all, I think you get a better understanding of how you can/should hold everything with an open hand; your family, your material possessions, your $'s, EVERYTHING. Open-handedness allows you to use/steward "things" for God's glory while being at peace should God decide use any of your things differently from your original plans.

Randy Kirk said...

I would agree that there are those who get this right from the start of their Christian walk. But the reason for the book is that the vast majority of those I speak with are no where close to thinking this way. And, to be real, as clearly noted above, I only claim to have come close to doing so twice.

Just reading about some of the life of Campus Crusade for Christ founder Bill Bright. He and his wife would appear to be a case where they had this understanding early and were able to keep this attitude over a long period of time. The results were nothing short of miraculous.