Jesus is Right

Russell Minick personal, think~be~do 2 Comments

This is what I mean when I say “Jesus is right”:

Which is a greater risk:
1. telling my kids that idealism is awesome while living pragmatism and consumerism or
2. risking loss while trying to embody everything that makes life valuable?

Like the man who found a treasure in a field,  my wife Karla and I did not go into difficult situations in the US and overseas reluctantly. We saw the value of the treasure, we liquidated our assets, partnered with friends eager to join in the sacrifice through their support, and we went to buy that field joyfully. It was the wisest investment tip we ever received.

We are grateful that our kids survived some of the riskier things they were exposed to, but we are more grateful:

  • that their exposure to the poor taught them generosity because the poor took us in and fed us and cared for us over and over again…
  • that their exposure to serving refugees fleeing war taught them to value giving more than receiving.

We dodged the bullets of treasuring mortal security & $tuff, and passing that on to our children, by striding forward into cross-carrying. Today I am grieved at how many people I see counting the costs and finding that the WAY of Jesus is simply not worth it.

I am convinced that what I am saying is more than a temporary social media trending fever. This is how I see life.

This is how the people I look up to see life.

This is how I want my grandson to see life.

This is what I understand following Jesus is.

This is what I mean when I say “Jesus is right”.

 

 

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  1. Pingback: Hardened Hearts: Can We Really Do All Things Through Christ? | Russell Minick

  2. So, so true. I might add that the GZ minority group(s) Jesus so graciously allowed me to serve grew my faith. I wept and rejoiced often with those who suffered for the Kingdom.

    Returning is bitter sweet. I preached on Suffering Wednesday a week ago. I talked about the true Christian life being a sort of formula: Passion + Price = Prize. Hebrews 12:2 was my text. I shared many personal and other testimonies who had willingly sacrificed and suffered for just being “Christians” many who heard were broken and rallied at the challenge I gave to suffer for the Savior. Many did not. I suppose it’s the apathy that bothers me. And, when you’ve literally either had to leave or lost everything you and your family owned 5 times over the last 10 years, then you hear people complain about how they suffer over the color of their pew coverings; well, you get it

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