The idea that we just need to “bet on God” and wait around to go to heaven when we die is very common. But maybe that’s not exactly what Jesus was talking about.
Isn’t discipleship just for priests and religious? No. In fact, marriage is a privileged place for participation in the mission Christ
The life of being a disciple isn’t a boring monochrome of conformity. It is a single path with a diversity of expressions and circumstances.
Obedience is a word that really rubs us the wrong way. But perhaps we’ve had a poor experience with it. Perhaps we don’t realize what power it holds.
When we examine the evidence, we have to make a judgement about who Jesus is. And that opens up a new dynamic to the relationship.
Why is Jesus always doing miracles? What’s with all the theatrics?
More is offered by the Lord than cosmetic changes. There is a true transformation.
Once we recognize our need, once we admit to ourself that, yeah, it’s a real thing, yeah, it’s really there—once we stop saying, “But, well maybe, perhaps…”, once we admit the impossibility of the situation we’re in, then—then we are in the perfect position for the Lord to work.
The only other time in scripture we are told about eating something and living forever, possessing eternal life? Only one other time: it’s when we are told about the fruit from the Tree of Life.
What Jesus is looking for is not an intellectual and cerebral assent to a doctrine of transubstantiation, as much as he is looking for us to believe in him, to trust that he will give to us precisely what we need to fill that need that exists within us.