19th century writing verses the 21st century

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

When they hurled insults at him he didn’t retalitate, when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges, justly. He himself bore our sins in the body of the tree, so that we might die to sin and live in righteousness. (Simpson, Cross of Christ)

Modern comfort ability is in itself a burden in the cost of discipleship. We cannot move forward without considering how that affects our well-being. This is modern sensibility and whatever interrupts our comfort is a threat. 21st century self-help books and leadership books that advocate technique pales in comparison.

Every writing I have read in the 19th century demands us to do something that is beyond our comfort, while 21st century desires that we learn a new technique. 19th century has produced more missionaries then the 21st century. The are only few examples of mission mobilizers who have encouraged reams of missionaries. His name is Greg Livingston the founder of Frontiers. He asked three questions from the Frontiers website.

  1. Why are Muslims the exception to the worldwide spread of the Good News about Jesus?
  2. What is the God of the Bible going to do about it?
  3. How can the first fellowships of Muslim-born believers begin where none currently exist?

We would never ask these questions or go to them if we were not fully ready to give up what large measure of comfort. What we realize that Simpson states is that sanctification is the not the cleansing of the old life but the crucifying of the life and substituting of Christ(Cross of Christ, 32). When we strive, we get tired. When we rely on God, it means giving up ourselves, our old lives, letting our weakness be brought toward God. From that point onward, our comfort which is related to bandaging or caressing our weakness becomes unnecessary. We able to handle hard places.


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