We all know how easy it is to call ourselves a Christian, but walking the walk and living out our faith is the real test of how deep our roots go. Sure we all struggle and suffer in this life, but when the storms come, how you choose to handle it reveals the level of your faith. One of my greatest issues of tension that I am constantly seeking wisdom from God on, is the balance of loving people where they are and also holding my fellow christian accountable when I see they are not living up to their potential and claim in Christ. We love to compromise and spin the gospel to our own fancy, but it really is just spitting in God’s face once again. Yes, part of it is that we are all sinners, constantly falling short, grasping for grace on a daily basis, but then we also have the power of the Spirit of God living in us, and transforming us into His holiness. It can be a constant tension, but it also grants us wisdom, growth and peace. In John 6:60-71 the title in my Bible reads “Many Disciples Desert Jesus”. It comes just after the passage where Jesus is talking about being the bread of life and that to truly live we must feed on Jesus. I wonder if people actually did get what he was saying and realized the cost of following Him. He states in v 63 that human effort accomplishes nothing; which was probably a slap in the face to some of those within hearing distance. “you mean to tell me Jesus that nothing that we do is going to measure up to get us into heaven”? Nope, our works are like filthy rags even on our best days. Many didn’t want to get out of their comfort zone to follow that hard after him, so they began walking away. When Jesus turned to the 12 and asked if they too would leave him, Simon Peter replies “Lord to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and we know you are the Holy One of God.” In Psalm 69:9 David declares “Passion for your house consumes me.” That is how I am feeling these days. I have a huge passion for the church, the Body of Christ, and I have told God many times over that I am at his beck and call no matter what the price. How about you? Are you a true follower? Are you being radically changed and transformed for the kingdom of God? or are you just watching from the sidedlines? God calls us to Go and make disciples? To bear fruit for the Kingdom. God calls us all in different ways, the question is are you listening and responding to the call on your life that God has placed in your heart? May I challenge us all to rise up and be all that God has called us to be. We only get on life, so we need to burn brightly for the kingdom of God. It’s why we are saved and set apart. Let us seek God and ask Him to help us understand what our task in this life is and to know that in his power and strength we will do great things for His kingdom and for his glory and honor. Be blessed.