I will pay in blood … but not my own.

We all need deeper meaning. A deeper relationship or a deeper thought. Something that is said way down deep is more meaningful. We all are hard-headed and ignore the basics because the basics are not as deep as we want.

Sometimes we are unhappy with listening to people talk about God because its “too basic” or its a “beginners class.” Most of us think we are past being a baby Christian, but we really are not past it at all. If God ranked Christians then people with the title of pastor would be more important … but they are not. In reality, we all fall short, we all want to think we have it together even if we don’t.

Once we reach the stage of “I am too smart for basic Christianity” we end up judging others and even judging ourselves. We start to believe we can take time off from serving. We start to believe in deeper biblical meaning. We nerd up our glasses and start saying things like … “You may think God say this but really I have done the research and may biblical scholars believe he is saying this.” I honestly cannot tell you how many times I have been told by other Christians how my thought process on the bible is wrong because there is a deep meaning. There might be … I might just not be smart enough to understand.

Matthew 4:4

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Deuteronomy 8:3 and Luke 4:4 say the same thing.

We all want a deeper meaning. The basics say different. We all want to deny ourselves, but we all know most of us will never lay down our lives like God did. We say “I will die to myself like Christ, I will pay in blood” but end up whispering ” … but not my own.” We end up over-thinking everything and believing Christianity is more than just serving God and others.

It’s been over a week out of the ministry I have served in. I am starting to feel terrible. I really need to get something going. If you think of me, pray that God will open doors for me to serve him more.

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