RUN! It's Jesus Calling!
Why You Should Throw Away Your Copy of Jesus Calling
Sample Chapter -- CHAPTER 10
EXAMINING A JESUS CALLING DEVOTIONAL
Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for
they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures
daily to see whether these things were so. - Acts 17:11
Anytime someone has questioned me about Jesus Calling, I'd
ask then to pick a day... any day. We'd then turn to the devotion
for that day, and read it and the scripture references. Then we'd talk
about what we read... not about the feelings it created, but what the
devotion for that day actually said. In every case, no matter what day
was randomly selected, the message was not a Biblical message. Well
do that beginning in the next chapter. But, before we look at a specific
Jesus Calling devotion, we need to recognize an important characteristic
of Jesus Calling:
Jesus Calling devotions typically have few specifics.
Let's play a game. For ten points can you identify which day in Jesus
Calling this quote is from?
"There is only so much you can accomplish in a day. Set your
priorities and work methodically to finish what you start. Doing too
much for too many will lead to disappointment."
If you've read any of the Jesus Calling devotions this quote
will sound familiar. But you may be having trouble recalling the specific
date. Dont bother looking. The correct date is September 3, 2015...
and its from the astrology section of the daily newspaper (The
Republican, Springfield, MA, September 3, 2015).
The Jesus Calling devotions are similar in many respects to
horoscopes. Or, as my friend Wendi said, They are like fortune
cookies. They are worded in a way that is open to multiple interpretations.
If you are a conservative Christian, when you read Jesus
Calling you will find that it is teaching conservative Christian
principles. You will be reading into the devotion your understanding
If you are a liberal Christian, when you read Jesus Calling
you will find that it is teaching progressive Christian principles.
You will be reading into the devotion your understanding of scripture.
The same thing applies to people who think they are Christian, but
actually they are not. They will see their humanistic beliefs reflected
in Jesus Calling.
That's what makes Jesus Calling so popular. Whatever you believe,
you'll think that Jesus Calling is perfect. No matter what type
of Christian belief you have, it will appear Jesus Calling
supports your beliefs.
But, if you stop and think about what you are reading, taking it as
literally as you do when reading a newspaper, what youll typically
get is a very different message than what you originally thought.
Here's what's going on: The Jesus Calling devotions are written
as though they are speaking to your intellect... they seem to be providing
practical advice from Jesus. But, that is deceptive. Theres the
ol switcheroo going on here. You think you are getting knowledge,
but what you are actually getting is a boost to your self-esteem and
a lot of good feelings. Thats the deception. These devotions seem
like they are speaking to your intellect, but they are actually speaking
to your emotions.
That's why Jesus Calling is wildly popular with women, but men
show limited interest. Women love Jesus Calling, and are loath
to give it up because it speaks to their emotions in a way that makes
them feel good.
BUT... is this why Jesus came? To make us feel good? Is this
the message Jesus brings in scripture, one that makes us feel good about
ourselves? No, that is not the purpose of Gods word. Jesus brings
truth... the truth Jesus brings is the gospel of salvation. For those
who believe Jesus, the gospel brings great joy. A joy that can never
be taken away by your circumstances. Joy that never ends.
For non-believers the truth Jesus brings sometimes results in anger
and hatred. We saw this during Jesus' day. He was hated and despised
by those who rejected Him, to the point that they crucified Him even
though he was innocent. In His entire life He had never done anything
wrong, yet He was crucified. His enemies thought crucifixion was the
end... they had done away with this disturbing rabbi. But the cross
was not the end, it was the beginning.
What was Jesus' message? What is the truth we all need to know? We've
broken God's laws. Our conscience tells us this is true.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, -
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His
word is not in us. - 1 John 1:10
That means we have earned the penalty all law-breakers earn... eternity
in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). But, 2000 years ago on the cross
Jesus (God) paid the penalty we've earned in full. He died so that you
can live. If you repent (turn away from law-breaking and turn toward
obeying God), and trust that Jesus really did fully pay your penalty
for sin... you are saved. You are saved from the wrath of God and you
now have eternal life.
This is the truth Jesus preached. It is not an appeal to our emotions.
It is not told just to make us feel good about ourselves. It is a factual
statement giving us knowledge about the problem we all have (sin), and
what God has done to save us from the consequences of sin.
This IS the reason God came to earth 2000 years ago.
But, God does not force you to do something you don't want to do. You
can either believe it and be saved, or reject it and pay the penalty
you've earned for sin.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was
lost. - Luke 19:10
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to
give His life a ransom for many. - Matthew 20:28
For those who turn away from Jesus this is dreadfully bad news that
brings no joy. For those who are trusting in Jesus Christ, this is the
best news possible, and they are filled with joy.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things
there is no law. - Galatians 5:22-23
Yes, there is great peace and joy in the gospel. But, Jesus' message
is not about the joy it brings, it is not about emotion. It is ALL about
solving the problem of sin. God's perfect creation was marred by sin
(Genesis 3). The Bible is about God's restoration of His creation to
perfection. Everything God has told us in scripture has been about sin
and what God has done about itpraise and all glory be to God!
So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold
which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result
in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and
though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not
see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible
and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation
of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:7-9
Jesus Calling never talks about the inexpressible joy we have
as a result of trusting Jesus Christ as our savior. Jesus Calling
never mentions the problem we ALL have: sin... and the result: eternal
punishment in hell. Jesus Calling never mentions what we need
to do to be saved from hell: trust that Jesus paid our penalty for breaking
Gods laws (sin).
On the other hand, the real Jesus talks about hell twice as much as
He talks about heaven. He talks about our being broken (sin) and tells
us that it is only through Him that we can have restoration... it is
only Jesus who gives salvation from the wrath of God. That is the important
message God wants to communicate to us... we are broken sinners in need
of a Savior. That is NOT what Jesus Calling is about.
Jesus Calling presents a very different Jesus from the Jesus
of the Bible. The message in Jesus Calling in not the message
the true Jesus brings to us
it is a fuzzy, nebulous message that
speaks to your emotions. The Jesus of Jesus Calling is a Jesus
who doesn't truly care about you
He doesnt care about your
He doesnt care that you wont be with Him
for eternity. The Jesus of Jesus Calling just wants you to feel
good as you head to eternity in hell under Gods wrath.
THIS IS NOT THE TRUE JESUS!
This is Chapter 10 from the book "RUN! It's Jesus Calling."
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