Wow, I really don't know where to start. I feel like there was so much information in just the one chapter that I could be sitting here for days.
I love the way he breaks it down into two questions.
Do you believe Jesus?
Will you obey Jesus?
I read a question by someone (I think it was Billy Graham), who asked, Do we make being a Christian look too easy?
I think we have become so caught up in ourselves and in worldly things that we have forgotten what we are here for. Sometime, we should take what Jesus says at face value. There will be things we are asked to do as Christians that may not be easy for us, but that's why the bible constantly tells us he will never leave you or forsake you.
If we believe him when he says he loves us and will never leave us, why is it so hard to do what he wants us to do.
I do not think that God wants me to hate my parents and only love him, I think he is telling me that he should come first in my life, always.
Have we turned away from Jesus? I would say Yes, definitely. Just take a look at your television screens, look around at what has become accepted as "normal". Unfortunately, the more you try to obey Jesus, then the more you are singled out, and you in turn become the odd one.
We need to remember that sometimes not making a choice, is making a choice.
I definitely feel like I should be doing more, but then I don't really know what I should be doing? Maybe that's why it feels like I'm not doing enough, I haven't found exactly what I should be doing yet.
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