At least that’s what Jesus Himself said when He answered the disciples
argument about who would be the greatest. (See Matthew 18:2-3)
Maybe you’ve heard a baby cry during church and noticed the mother give
him a pacifier.
For a while the baby is pleased, but before long he realizes he’s not getting
the good stuff. If he could talk, he’d say, “Mama’s just messing with me.
This isn’t real!”
Could it be that many of us have become pacified with a very close
substitute of Christ?
We’ve become so happy with church, praise and worship, and so excited
about small group and serving at a soup kitchen . . . that we’ve duped
ourselves into settling for something very good—but something that’s not
an actual intimate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ?
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25 NKJV)
The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It’s not a call to self-fulfillment.
This is in opposition to what we often hear—
that Jesus wants you well, rich, free from debt and happy.
But that’s “Jesus Light.”
It’s a watered-down gospel that isn’t found in the Bible—it’s a diet-form of
Jesus—yet it’s a trending message that’s prevalent in many churches. Thisisn’t true Christianity.
Don’t fall for it.