Are You Trying to Fit God into Your Lifestyle?

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I have a neighbor.

He is not a Christian…

He doesn’t go to church…

He isn’t really even religious.

So, when he said this to me the other day, I was a little shocked…

“You can’t fit God into your lifestyle…you have to fit into God’s lifestyle.”

Simple.  Profound.  True.

And, the dude doesn’t even go to church.

But, he understands you can’t mess with God or His Word.

You can’t pick and choose what you want to believe about Him.

You can’t cut and paste the Gospel.

You can’t ignore truth just because you think it’s inconvenient or “outdated.”

God is the same…

Yesterday.  Today.  Forever.

He doesn’t change.

But, maybe it’s time for you to change…

Change the way you think about God.

He is not someone you just fit into your life…

Otherwise He ceases to be God and just becomes another idol you’ve created.

Are you trying to fit God into your lifestyle…or are you trying to be more like Him and fit into His lifestyle?

What god do you believe in?

The God of the Bible, or the god of your imagination?

Check yourself…your neighbor is probably watching you too.

15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”  Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLT)

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Staring at a Wall of Lego Minifigures…

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I love Legos…

…especially the minifigures.

You know what I’m talking about…those little mini, yellow figures that come with Lego sets.

Today, there are literally billions of Lego minifigures all over the world.  And, each year, hundreds of new ones are created and produced.

Last week, I was mesmerized by a wall of these minifigures…

Each one was unique.

Each one reflected creativity.

Each one had the ability to do different things well (at least in the world of Legos).

Lego Guys

Kind of reminds me of…people.

You and me.

Each one of us is unique…the Apostle Paul even calls us “God’s masterpiece” (Ephesians 2:10).

Each one of us reflects the creativity of our Creator.

Each one of us has the ability to do different things well.

Today, there are billions of people on this earth, but there is only one you.

Live today like the masterpiece that you are…and take some time to thank God for creating you and giving you life.

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

Psalms 139:13-14 (NLT)

Following Jesus Isn’t Cheap

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The cost of following Jesus is hard to figure out…

Or maybe we’ve made the cost of following Jesus hard to figure out (at least in America).

Many things in life demand our time, our money, and our attention.
And, every day, we count the cost for what we value most.

Every day, we choose to DO some things and choose NOT TO DO other things based on what we value the most and what it will cost us.

Generally, we are willing to make sacrifices & give up a lot for the things that matter the most to us.  And, it’s ultimately these everyday decisions that define us…that make us who we are now and who we will be in the future.

It’s why Jesus turned to a crowd of people who had been following Him in Luke 14 and basically said, “Ok, if you really want to follow me, here’s what it’s going to cost you…”

“Do you really want to be like me? Because if you do, it’s going to take sacrifice…and I mean giving up everything. Do you hear what I’m saying?”

Jesus never intended for His followers to be unsure of what it would cost to follow Him.  He made the cost very clear…like the BIG neon numbers of the sticker price on a new car without all the extra haggling.

In fact, He made it so clear that the number of people who were following Him at the time of His death and resurrection was in the hundreds…

Because, thousands left when they heard how much it was going to cost them to follow Him.

Lots of people wanted to jump on Jesus’ bandwagon at first…

But then they realized that following Jesus isn’t cheap.

What about you?

What is it costing you to follow Jesus right now?

Think about that…

If Jesus says that it’s going to cost you everything, and right now, it’s not costing you very much, then are you really following Him?

25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost.

(Jesus in Luke 14)