Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.—Matthew 22:35-40.

Lately I’ve been reading John Wesley’s sermons. Of course they are all interesting, but The Almost Christian sermon just won’t leave me alone. John Wesley lays out who the Almost Christian is: The Almost Christian follows all the rules, laws, regulations of church and country. The Almost Christian gives money to those in need. The Almost Christian lives the Golden Rule, attends church regularly, prays, and avoids evil. Basically, they don’t make any waves. What John Wesley is challenging us all to do is become Altogether Christians.

What is an Altogether Christian?  Altogether Christians trust in the Lord and gives of themselves without trepidation. They live the great commandment of loving God and their neighbor. All actions are for the glory of God, without any benefit to themselves. They reach out in faith, even if it’s not the popular thing to do and even if others judge them harshly.

Uggg! As a world class rule follower I find that putting myself in uncomfortable situations are something I mostly try to avoid. That places me quite firmly in the Almost Christian realm. I don’t want to be an Almost Christian, so I’ve decided that I will step out in faith and I will put myself in situations that are not middle-class comfy. Want to join me?

Paula Gaboury
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