Your Greatest Temptation by Pete Wilson
Jesus makes a distinction between salvation and discipleship.
- Salvation is about coming to the cross and trusting Jesus.
- Discipleship is about carrying the cross and following Jesus.
Jesus is using hyperbole to make a point. He’s exaggerating in these scriptures to make the point that following Christ should be our ultimate.
Don’t take what is good in your life and make it ultimate.
When you take your husband or wife and you make them ultimate – when you elevate them to a place of worship, you’ve created conflict in that relationship automatically. The expectation of who they are and what they bring is out of balance.
When you start to live vicariously through your kids, you’ll sabotage that relationship.
Your greatest temptation is not to chase after what is ridiculously evil but what is deceptively good.
Taking up your cross means following Jesus no matter what! You stop bargaining with God.
We use religious actively to distance ourselves from what God really wants to do in our life and in our heart.
Taking up your cross means that you stop playing those games.
What are the good things in your life that have the potential to become ultimate for you?
Love that point…Your greatest temptation is not to chase after what is ridiculously evil but what is deceptively good.
thx for writing them up!
My primary "ultimate" has been career. Pete's message on Sunday was powerful for me. As I had a chance to share with him after the first service, much of what he talked about was what I've been walking through the past year of my life. It was challenging to hear, but also encouraging, reminding me that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. Sunday's message was a powerful reminder to me of how thankful I am for Cross Point.