Do we truly want it all?


I don’t want to admit this, but I will. I’m all about being open and transparent with my readers. You aren’t going to Google me and find a skeleton party in my closet. I want to be honest with you.

I love Golden Corral.

There. I said it out loud. Whew. That wasn’t nearly as difficult as I imagined inside my head. I’m a sucker for an all you can eat buffet. GC, Chinese, pizza, etc.

I love the variety that a buffet offers. It’s usually impossible, but I try to get a little taste of everything. In the past, I would polish off four plates and not think anything of it. These days, however, I stop myself at two. I’m in my forties now. I can’t eat like I used to. Don’t you just (insert verb of your choosing here) people who can eat all day long, and not gain an ounce? Tape worm or metabolism? I don’t know.

When it comes to the Gospel, Jesus makes it crystal clear what’s available to us as believers.

The Gospel isn’t a buffet where we pick and choose what we want, and discard the rest. 

Why would we not want it all? Christianity is divided into so many different denominations, doctrines, and beliefs, that’s it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Most times, each church or ministry has one main focus. They operate in one small portion of the Gospel.

Some are driven to help the poor.

Some focus on discipleship.

Some on healing.

Some have deliverance ministries.

Some completely ignore the gifts of the Spirit.

Some preach the Bible, but stay away from Holy Spirit.

Some chase after signs and wonders.

If those of us, who call ourselves Christians, can’t even agree with each other, why would a non-believer want anything to do with what we say we have?

In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus says this:

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

And in John 14:12-13, He says:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

What did Jesus do while on the Earth?

Healed the sick. Made the lame walk. Cast out demons. Raised the dead.

I don’t know what He means by “greater things”, but I want in.

There’s a catch, though. I know why everyone is not on board with all of these things.

Too often, we base faith on our experiences and not on the words from Scripture that were penned in red. 

We might pray for someone to be healed, and they aren’t. We say healing isn’t for today.

We beg, plead, and lay hands on a still child, but they don’t come back to life. We say raising the dead is absurd.

We command evil spirits to leave someone, but nothing happens. We say casting out demons doesn’t work.

We quote Biblical promises, post them on our Facebook and Twitter all day long, and believe they are true, but yet we don’t truly believe the very words that Jesus spoke.

It doesn’t matter what we have or haven’t seen. None of that changes the truth of God’s Word.

Faith isn’t receiving news that a loved one has cancer, freaking out in fear, and then begging God to do something. Faith is knowing that even when someone we love is stricken with a horrible disease, the Gospel doesn’t change. It’s knowing that only good things come from above. It’s knowing that the enemy is here to kill, steal, and destroy.

And it’s believing that we have the power inside of us that raised our Savior from the darkened tomb.

Let’s seek first righteousness and His Kingdom. Let’s walk in faith. Let’s do it all together

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26 thoughts on “Do we truly want it all?

  1. Dear Chris:

    Like you I am also fond of the Golden Corral and being in my sixties try to keep it to one large plate. Do not know why but your article immediately made me think of the scripture blessed are those who have not seen but believe. Enjoyed your article very much. I do agree that Christians must quite ripping each other up and start at least getting along. Even if the theological thought might be somewhat different, I know I will respect someone else who believes in The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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  2. Thanks much for stopping by my blog (www.crystaltots.wordpress.com). I feel honored a good writer as yourself stopped by (did i mention i love your style of writing?). Will sure follow your blog.. Also I love the way you speak on Christ’s life and the Bible especially in this age when people are trying to put down the Gospel. Keep living in Christ…

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  3. Now I too feel that I must come out of the proverbial closet and confess that I love frozen yogurt with diced almonds sprinkled on it. The typical chocolate-vanilla swirl and the Oreo cookie flavour. Now that my fear of exposing this has been comforted by everyone’s empathetic ear, I feel light years ahead, instead of dragging behind by the sounds of fat, fatty, fatso gaining ground.
    For the body of Christ to work properly, and for the church in whole, we should all be in One Accord, with one-mind, being like-minded and having the mind of Christ to effectively perform our Christian duties righteously and for the benefit of each other and of those nonbelievers. All Glory and Praise to Jesus Christ our Saviour and to God our Father! Amen!

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  4. A preacher friend of mine has a habit of saying, “I want everything I’m entitled to in my walk with Christ.”
    We can’t let another’s lack of faith be the reason we don’t exercise our own. Let’s see what God can do through us.

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  5. Overall liked the post. Wouldn’t it be nice if congregations and preachers sought healing as the Holy Bible instructs? At my congregation a person or two is asked to be prayed for. Prayer is good, but James tells us if a person be sick, have the elders pray over him or her and annointed them with oil. As a bonus if they are healed their sins are forgiven. In 43 years I’ve never seen this done in person in any congregation. God’s promises are sure, but he expects us to do as he asks, even when seeking healing.

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  6. Romans 12:4-5 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

    The Gospel isn’t a “buffet” as you put it. Especially for the Church. If the Church itself can’t even keep itself together, why would the lost look to us for stability? But as individuals, I believe it’s a little different. I wrote a post myself along the lines of this topic that I encourage you to read. Here’s the link:
    http://sovereignzeal.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/more-of-argument-warfare/

    I am always encouraged by your writing. Thanks!
    – Joshua

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  7. Really enjoyed this post as it hits hard at a subject near and dear to me: the idea (that many people seem to embrace) that you can pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe in or agree with. It’s either all good and righteous truth, or it’s not. We may hate to hear some things, but that doesn’t mean they are not true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  8. Good stuff Chris! I agree that many times we base our perception of truth based on experience. But how do we get away from that? Can truth be real for us without experience? I’m not sure. And I’m not sure that God asks us to operate on ‘blind faith’. I think he’s more than ready and willing to give us experiences. We need experiences, new experiences that is. Based on the life and ministry of Jesus and not based on what we’ve been fed from various pulpits and teachers over the years without personal investigation. Nice post!

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  9. Chris, what can I say? I like you! It is so refreshing to read the words of another writer who believes the Truth. I know that as believers we are supposed to believe, but it seems for so many it is easier to accept the sickness rather than take the stand of faith in God’s unchanging word. My husband and I were just talking about this last night…when the lousy diagnosis comes what do we do? Sure the heart seems to plummet to the floor and that wash of fear makes you feel like a limp noodle BUT GOD said, by the stripes of Jesus you HAVE been healed. The same way we were forgiven of our sin, we were healed of all disease, we were set free from the law of sin and death. The choice is ours and mine is to stand and declare the words of God. Mine is to seek His kingdom and His righteousness first and walk in faith linking with those of like mind. Thanks for a great word today. Thank you.

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  10. amen to that. me too I definitely want it all, all i can get (I’m a bit greedy). I don’t want to limit God with my little faith. Plus I’ve been part of so many miracles and seen more – I know it works we just have to take His word for it and step out by faith.

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