In his devotional book, “A Call to Die” David Nasser has a quote that struck me in the heart today.
It’s not the fun news, but the good news.
That struck me both personally as well as culturally. It is easy to point to our culture and note how the American church wants the Gospel to be “fun” news (ala Joel Osteen). American culture and the American church as its religious representative is dying because of their desire for “fun news".
That would be the easy part. But the hard part is the personal application. What is good for me personally is not necessarily fun for me. In my life, I would rather focus on the “fun” news at the expense of the hard news. Jesus brought good news to the rich young ruler, but it was certainly not fun news. He is doing the same thing in my life as well. That’s all I can say at this point, but here is the quote in context:
Jesus didn’t come to entertain us. Jesus’ ultimate goal incoming was to bring glory to the Father. Yes, in that lies the good news of our salvation through his death & resurrection, and the opportunity to be worshippers of Him. However, there’s a huge difference. It’s not the fun news, but the good news. If we expect to be entertained, we will leave him at the first request for sacrifice and obedience. The people in the crowd did. Many of us do, too. But hard words are just as much a part of being a disciple of Christ as all those promises we love to h ear. In fact, if you don’t hear any hard words from God, it’s a good sign that you aren’t his child at all. Solomon wrote about it; so did the writer to the Hebrews:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child.” (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb 12:5-6)
David Nasser, A Call to Die, p. 35)