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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Pushing Yourself Past You

September 27th, 2015

Does it ever seem like Christianity is about being an “extrovert?” I was reading the book Quiet this week while I was waiting for the church Jeep to get smogged, and I was reminded again of the power of
introverts in an extroverted world (that’s kind of the subtitle of that book).
At the same time, though, I thought of all the things Christians are supposed to be and do as Christians. Think about it…we are supposed to spread the Gospel to all the world. We are supposed to be witnesses unto Jesus. We are supposed to, like, talk to lost people about their soul’s eternal destination! That’s scary for an introvert (AND an extrovert)!
Christianity isn’t about you, though. It’s about others. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, there are self-ISH choices you can make and there are self-LESS choices you can make. Christ was about
pushing Himself past Himself. I don’t know what Jesus Christ’s personality type was. I don’t know what his temperament was. I don’t have to know. It doesn’t matter.
What matters was His mission–to seek and to save those who are lost To give Himself a ransom for many. To be slain as a sacrifice…for others.
As Christians–Christ-followers–our mission is essentially the same as Jesus Christ’s. Putting Christ at the center of your life (like Bro. Gaddis preached at summer camp) should turn you into a radically different person than what you were before. I mean…complete change.
Yesterday at a little birthday party, you made selfish and selfless choices. Today in class you’ll make selfish or selfless choices. Last Wednesday at church you made selfish and selfless choices.
You have the potential today (and every day) to let Christ shine in you. It’s all about your choices. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, do things today that glorify God and build others up. Love
God, love others, and do right.
-Bro. Ryan

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