“A Young Man’s Invitation to a Life of Sacrifice” by Paul Washer
This video really just challenged me a lot. And I don’t like how God has been challenging me through it.
I’ve been learning a lot through the Tumblr community that I follow. I’ve been learning about deep, biblical matters and doctrine. And I feel blessed to have learned so much. But I’ve noticed something else: Tumblr has also been a huge distraction for me. (Surprise, surprise! I guess it’s not really a surprise.)
I need time to devote myself to prayer and to better understanding the basics of the faith. I’ve been so distracted with seeking out and trying to understand deep doctrine that I’ve forgotten how to tell others simple facts about the Gospel. I’m not called to sit around in my room and blog. I’m not called to neglect my responsibilities to blog about theological ideas. I’m called to know God, be known by Him, and be used by Him to make Him known.
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)
I’ve so deeply yearned for this gift of discernment for the longest time. And it was in pride that I’ve sought it out: by critiquing Christians for not teaching the Gospel in an intellectual manner. Well, I’ve realized that I’ve been the fool. And I’ve realized that the Christians whom I criticize are at a better standing then I am, because they’ve done one thing I haven’t: they’ve taken the step to humbly share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
All this being said, I am beginning my fast from Tumblr. I don’t know how long it will be. But all I know is that the time I use for Tumblr would be better used if I prepare myself for the advancement of His Kingdom.
Living a life of sacrifice scares me to death, but He must be worth it if He was willing to die that death for me.