I have been gripped. I had heard the name David Platt a few times over the past few weeks. And I’m a bit of a sermon snob. I like a select few in the speaking world and really do not find myself with much desire to add to my limited list.
So I watched a little series David Platt did at the SBC. It was good. It was quite good. So I downloaded a few podcasts. They are even better.
Now lest you think I am taken by a quick wit and interesting sermon- I must give a disclaimer. Platt is only occasionally funny. But Platt is always about the gospel.
Perhaps you are like me, and there are times when you wrestle with “the gift of singleness”. Sometimes it is the gift that we didn’t put on our wish list. But when David Platt talks about it, it all becomes clear. When I am longing for heaven, my longing for all other things diminishes.
Listen for yourself: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/brook-hills-audio/id319699838
#130- The Gospel & Singleness
(Certainly not limited to singles! The truth of this message surpasses relationship status.)
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. – Psalm 73:25
Over the past several weeks I have been wrestling with the concept of what it truly means to live as a follower of Jesus. I find myself thinking that it does not look anything like the life of the average American-Labled-Christian. I’m afraid, at times, that it does not even look like the lives of my friends. And then I realize it does not look like my life either.
I truly believe that we have redefined the Christian life to be whatever is better than the average. If I am a Christian who “actually reads my Bible”, or if I am a Christian who attends church regularly, or if I am Christian who is in seminary, or reads spiritual books, or talks about faith, then somehow that is enough. It seems we take society, throw in a little Scripture, and call it the Christian life. It seems we should take Scripture, find the model of the Christian life, and live like we really believe in the Jesus who asks us to deny ourselves and take up our cross.
I do not believe denying ourselves means filling our free time with whatever is convenient. I do not believe taking up our cross includes countless hours in front of a television screen. I believe it is a hard, challenging, daily decision. And I believe it is worth it.