Jesus did so much more than die for my sins. If my understanding of the Gospel stops there, I am missing the point of why Jesus came. He didn’t give His life so I could fulfill my dreams, become a more moral person or live unaffectedly. The cross is a lightning rod of choice…a choice of living or dying…it cries out: ‘come die that you might live.’
The church in Sardis was a church that had a reputation for being a happening place…but even though they seemed successful, Jesus’ diagnosis was that they were dead. Sometimes www think we have it so dialed in that we don’t need anything, and we don’t think that anything bad can happen. We start believing our own press, fall asleep at the wheel and then disaster hits. Jesus definition of an alive church is very different from the definition we have…let’s become a church that makes God smile.