FROM THE PULPIT: Practicing your faith takes courage and discipline

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM.

How well do you do with this?

Jesus says we must not commit adultery — as it says in the Ten Commandments — but he takes it farther. He says that if anyone looks at another with lust, adultery has already been committed in their heart.

Have you committed adultery in your heart?

Jesus calls his followers salt and light. Salt brings out the flavor in foods and was used as a preservative. Jesus’ disciples should help add richness to life and share the Gospel. As light, his disciples should be beacons of hope, expectation, joy, love, grace and forgiveness.

Do you represent these traits?

Many pastors today try to convey that it’s easy to follow Jesus. I have occasionally been guilty of this. But being a Christian — a disciple of Jesus Christ — is not easy! It is challenging because Jesus’ teachings, and the call for disciples to follow and live those teachings, go against everything the world says is OK.

So, I’ll ask again: Do you have the courage to follow Jesus? Being a Christian is not for sissies. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for those who would be wishy-washy when confronted by challenges.

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