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Heather Gemmen Wilson loves to laugh. She says, "Through all the circumstances of my life, I have gained more than I have lost ... and I'm not just talking weight." Heather is married to her best friend, Lawrence W. Wilson, a pastor, and they have a colorful blended family of...

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  1. Heather,

    This is soooo true! There is no such thing as a super-Christian, just people more focused with time/energy on God. God delights in ALL the Little things we do each and every day.

    Just because life is hectic and not totally focused on God, don’t count yourself out. Do what you can when you can as often as you can wherever you can & that will please God!

  2. Well said! I found myself in a place where I expected so much from my church and grumbled about it not filling me! Yikes!!! Then I came to understand what you are writing about – I only receive when I give myself to the community and become part of the whole. I have found that same type of group of women and they have enriched my life beyond measure!

  3. Heather,
    “However, we may have to shift our thinking about what the church is. It’s not a place to consume, but a place to give.”
    This is so awesome. As we have beem led to change churches in the past, it is easy to get caught up in “what does this church have to offer me and my family?” Maybe we should consider what WE have to offer to the church.
    Very good!
    Bernice
    http://livingthebalancedlife.com/2010/christmas-2010-what-worked-what-didnt/

  4. That is such a cool realization! So often we read books and feel guilty or wonder how we can change. What a blessing to realize that Acts 2 is already in action at your church.

  5. Heather,

    I’ve read both you and your husband, met Larry at a writer’s conference a few years ago. I’ve been blessed by your story. I have been a Christian for 26 years, graduated from Seminary, and only spent 8 years actively engaged in a church.

    I’ve always loved Our Lord and had an intimate relationship with him. I thought that was the thing – a personal relationship with Christ. But I was wrong, that’s only part. The other part is being a member of his body – as you put it, a member of “one imperfect body of believers”. It has been about community since the 1st century. How did I ever miss that? Thank you for the reminder. God Bless you and yours.

  6. I hate to be the downer here, but there is such thing as a mediocre Christian. The Bible calls them lukewarm and it’s a dangerous place to be.

    My husband and I have been challenged by that very man in the last week alone. When I read God’s words and it says to the rich man to sell all his possessions, He meant sell ALL his possessions.

    Today, we couldn’t dream of doing such a thing. We don’t really believe God would ask that of us. But what if we’re wrong?

    Yes, this is the challenge we are faced with.

    Sometimes I worry we try to explain things away because we’re afraid of facing the truth. Could we really do it? Do we really want to? Do we really believe Jesus is Lord of our lives?
    Trust me, these are questions I’ve been asking MYSELF a lot lately. I don’t want to be deceived into thinking God would never ask this of me.

    I think the point that matters overall is if Jesus is Lord. If He is, we know none of that stuff matters and if/when he asks us to sell it all, we wouldn’t hesitate.

    I appreciate the encouraging post, but want to be sure we don’t miss the big picture. Are we living a life that makes us uncomfortable? Are we giving away extra money that would only cause more clutter in our lives?

    Let’s not just think on these things. May our hearts be truly challenged to seek out who (or what) we are truly living for. Is it for ourselves?

    {Please note, I am totally speaking to myself on all these accounts. My heart has been very challenged and I don’t want anyone else to miss the opportunity for what God is asking of us. All He wants is us. All of us. Are we giving Him that?}

    (((Hugs)))!

    • I love this response, Christin! Thanks for the critical thinking in a gentle manner.

      You’re right that we can live out our faith in a mediocre way. My mistake. I was trying to emphasize that we can’t earn our salvation; but my wording really is not precise on that point. (I should have left out that footnote as it requires so much explanation.)

      Be careful to not miss the point of the article, though: Radical obedience can be done in and through our local churches. This article does NOT justify lukewarm living; it helps us to recognize false guilt, which is paralyzing, so we can be mobilized to serve.

      • Oh no no, I didn’t think that your article portrayed justifying lukewarm living at all. I just wanted to point out that there really are 3 levels of Christians, as the Bible states: hot (on fire), cold (not interested), and lukewarm (unsure of what’s important–teetering).

        I’m sorry, my response was not meant to attack you! I’m so sorry if it came across that way. I just wanted to extend what you were saying a bit further and the audience of my response was really to all people who call themselves Christians.

        I agree, radical obedience can be done in our local churches. In fact, often I think people believe they don’t have enough to give so we give nothing. Imagine, we if all gave what we could, what a difference it would make! 🙂

        And sacrifice is NOT easy. If it were, it wouldn’t be sacrifice, right? Thank you for your response 🙂

        • Thank YOU Christin for sharing your great thoughts here with us. We love that community continues to build us all up, challenge us and still love us at the same time. You’re doing just that, girl, and we appreciate it very much!

          ~Lisa-Jo

  7. P.S. We are offered more than a gold star from Jesus. We are offered the opportunity to be seated on His throne, at His right hand (meaning power & authority)! 🙂

  8. I just wanted to add one more thing to clarify my thoughts:

    The issue isn’t being rich or being poor. You can be rich and still be on fire for God (though, the Bible says it’s not all easy). You can be poor and curse God because of your circumstances. The state of our finances isn’t the issue.

    The issue is, IS it causing a cloudy mind? Are we so distracted by all our STUFF & MONEY that we can no longer find God, or believe we don’t need anymore of Him?

    We can have money and be on fire….but are we? And if we are not, what can we do about it?
    This is something really stirring in me and I thank you for letting me kind of sort my thoughts here. 🙂

  9. If you’re GONNA be old next year, I’m ANCIENT! 🙂 (But I’ll welcome you with open arms to The Club…and I think you’re gonna like it!).

    Reading you here, I can so identify with you; I’m a recovering Super Christian and have come to see I “knew” so much more in my 20s and 30s. Oh, how God humbles the proud and busy to do his Kingdom work….

    🙂

  10. “we give up many hours of our time each week; we hang out with people who don’t always fit our idea of enjoyable—and we do all this so we can grow in our faith, so we can help others grow in their faith, to care for those in need, and to draw others to Jesus.”

    Wow. This was excellent. I had been struggling with a situation and several times this week God has been speaking through places like your blog. Oh, my attitude sometimes needs a quick tune up.

  11. I have to mention, though, that while Jesus might not give out sticky gold stars, according to Rev 2:28 some overcomer is going to get the morning star!!! : )

    I also think it’s worth noting that Jesus didn’t ask everyone to sell all their stuff and give it away. Jesus knew the heart of this young man (whom He loved!) and knew that was what he lacked. He knows our hearts and wants what keeps us from Him and for each of us that’s going to be a different thing… could be food, facebook, our stuff, our jobs, our kids… so many things that can become idols.

    So thankful for His mercy.