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3. God loves the whole world. What does a stubborn, Baptist
American; an alcoholic;Atheist Korean; a backslidden;
Pentecostal Dominican; and a foul-mouthed, Presbyterian
Cuban have in common? God loves us all. After 2,000 years
of Christianity, it seems to me that we “good people” believe
we were a peculiar people from the outset of the world, and
that all the “bad people” must clean themselves up before
they deserve any of God's love! We forget that we were
the “bad people,” and that just 2,000 years ago, we had no
access to our Creator. Our theory makes us memorize John
3:16, but in practice we forget that Jesus actually ate with
publicans and sinners.
4. Our whole life is a reasonable service. We have this weird
compartmentalization thing we do where we think that we
can live the Christian life by going to church and reading our
Bible. We almost see the Christian life as a to-do list. God
wants much more than that. Jesus called for total abandon
in all parts of our lives, and Paul writes in Romans that this
is our reasonable service. It is time to step out of our boats,
step onto the waves, and put our whole lives in God's hands
again. This truth is by far the hardest to put into practice, but
I guarantee that if we can get it right, our lives will forever be
changed for the better.