Is It Really That Simple?

The Bible promises us that Christians will be hated and persecuted throughout the world only because they are Christians.  It even promises that Christians will betray each other.  False leaders (in politics, entertainment and sports) will come and attempt to pry our focus away from Christ.  Our job in the midst of these distractions, worldly concerns and frenzy is to remain focused on the cross.  (Matthew 24:9-14)  Whoever told you being a Christian was an easy thing did not consult the Bible.

Today the world is focusing on the economy, pirates, Obama’s new dog, and Iran’s nukes.  In 10 years, heck – in one year, those issues will be long forgotten and replaced by other mundane topics to distract us from the cross.  But, the eternal love of Christ will still exist.

We are called to let our lives be sacrifices to God. (Romans 12:1)  We are instructed to give up what is important to us and focus on Christ.  (Luke 9:23)  And, warned against walking with one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. (Romans 6:13)  God is clear.  His message is simple.  The results are eternal.

Sometimes it seems hard to give up the world and embrace Christ.  Our family attempts and fails every day.  It seems complex and difficult.  But, in reality it is simple.  Start with the bottom line. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5)  From there the desire to serve and give and sacrifice becomes so obvious.

Not just today, but everyday, remember that the resurrection was a personal gift from the Creator of the Universe to you.  It really is that simple, and complex, and loving, and perfect.

He is risen!

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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