Christian Normal

By T. M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:

"If we follow Jesus only as far as is convenient, or only so long as our comfort is not disturbed, then would we dare to consider that to be a cross-bearing, Law-keeping, Kingdom-proclaiming life? Such a life is not the normal Christian life, but sub-normal, and perhaps not truly Christian at all."

What is "normal" for the Christian life?

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
- Matthew 16.24
...this is the truth of the gospel, that the true disciples of Christ crucified should follow Him with the cross.
- Columbanus, Letter to His Disciples, Irish, 7th century[1]

What should we expect as the “normal road” of following Jesus? I mean the “normal” Christian life, what we look forward to our lives being like every day as we walk the path with Jesus. What should we expect?

The phrase, “from glory to glory” comes to mind (2 Cor. 3.12-18).

Jesus Himself is clear: following Him means self-denial, suffering, and sacrifice for others.

OK, but how do we do that?

“From glory to glory.”

Jesus did not promise us comfort and convenience in this life of following Him; He promised us grace sufficient for all our needs, but only as long as we follow where He leads.

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