Lent Day 14 – Coddled or Crucified

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Insights on From the Grave: A 40-Day Lent Devotional by A.W. Tozer

by Dan Davis – Director of Maintenance / Valpo FUMC

Six of the most powerful paragraphs that I have read in decades, adorn the pages of today’s reading. When I finished this reading, all I could muster to express was…. Heaven help us !!! If you truly consume today’s reading and aren’t immediately moved by its message and instruction, you may not have a heartbeat.

Tozer writes; “No one is so dead as the man who has turned the very thunders of judgment into a lullaby to soothe him into a sound sleep and has made the sacred Scriptures themselves a hiding place for reality.” Take a moment and read that one more time.

Now, although I understand that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, this literally frightens me to my core. In today’s world, have we really become complacent and comfortable in our walk with Christ? We as Christians all know the essence of Christ’s passion, and we all understand its significance. However, do we tend to forget that the cross is the same savage implement of destruction as it was in Christ’s day? Or do we take comfort in the softness and beautification that poets and artists bestow upon it today?

According to Luke 14:33…. ‘those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.’ We should be seeking holiness, not comfort. And holiness doesn’t always come with a padded pew.