We’re considering the powerful reality that what we treasure reveals our hearts. [Matthew 6:21]
A capital campaign—like the claims of Lordship that Jesus so clearly articulates–calls each of us to painful sacrifice. In Matthew 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, and 14:27 the gospels record Jesus’ clearly: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Yet, in our commitment to be visitor-sensitive, we communicate in dozens of ways that cross-bearing is optional. It is not expected. And, certainly not insisted upon.
And then, when we finally call our people – all of them – to get into the game in a sacrificial way, many of them pack up and leave.
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