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Advancing the Conversation of Jesus

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GOT A MINUTE?

Jesus is single-minded in what he wants from each of us. It’s so clear, yet still easily missed by so many. As with most every other issue, the simplicity of following Jesus becomes so complicated

In Jesus’ last meeting with Peter, he emphasizes twice what he wants from Peter and from you and me: FOLLOW ME! These are the two words that have become the most powerful words in all of recorded history. I want to examine three requirements that are implicit

Single-mindedness: FOLLOW ME and everything else will be taken care of. This is truly Jesus plus nothing! One practical single-minded application Jesus gives is to seek the Kingdom of heaven: Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
(Matthew 6:33-34)

The action step is to be single-minded. Single-mindedness includes the entire scope of the power of wisdom. Seek the power of wisdom with all your heart! Jesus is the personification of WISDOM throughout ancient history until he announced that one greater than Solomon is now here. A wise man builds his house on a rock; the foolish man builds his house on sand. Hear my words and practice them. This is the key to the wisdom of being single-minded. In order to follow in the steps of Jesus, prepare yourself to be single-minded about the person of Jesus and his invisible Kingdom.

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