As I was reading some of A. W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of Man – The Divine Conquest of the Human Heart, I came across comments contrasting how we preach the gospel and what happens in those who receive it. I quote a portion here for you to ponder:
“The gulf between theory and practice is so great as to be terrifying. For the gospel is too often preached and accepted without power, and the radical shift which the truth demands is never made. There may be, it is true, a change of some kind; an intellectual and emotional bargain may be struck with the truth, but whatever happens is not enough, not deep enough, not radical enough…there is about the gospel an urgency, a finality which will not be heard or felt except by the enabling of the Spirit” (Emphasis mine – page 21).
When Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom, His words were radical to those who heard. Have we allowed the culture to turn us away from the real message of the gospel? Have we become ‘soft Christians’ unprepared to “count the cost” of being a disciple of the King of kings? I invite you to reread Luke 14:25-33. We are NOT old sinners with different clothes. We are NEW CREATURES IN CHRIST with a completely new life given to us through death and resurrection with Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-17). In an age of ‘make-overs’, this must be our view of the gospel.
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