Guest Post: Anna Foulkrod

Anna0041BI am honored to have my first guest post written by Anna Foulkrod.  I first met Anna during my Daughter’s wedding back in September of 2012.  Anna was organizing the Wedding Reception.  I could hardly believe she was only 17 at the time.  This girl was collected, organized, and in charge.  She is arguably one of the most amazing young ladies I have every met.

Anna blogs at As Always, Anna.  While not entirely new to the blogosphere, Anna is an up and comer that will have much to share with the world.  I hope you will take the time to visit her blog.  For now, please read on as Anna shares from her heart what the Kingdom of God means to her.

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Responding to the Kingdom

In  last week’s post we discussed the fact that the King used stories to illustrate what the Kingdom of God looks like as it is manifested in our time and space.  He did this to hide the truth from those who really didn’t care, and to preserve the truth for those who cared enough to press in to it and understand it.  In today’s post we want to discuss a very popular parable and see where we fit in the picture it portrays.

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The Difference

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Jeff K. Clarke has written an excellent post entitled The Difference in Calling Jesus ‘Savior’ and ‘Lord’ and its Implications for Discipleship.  It is one of those “must read” posts for anyone serious about following Jesus.
Allow me to provide you with a few quotes to whet your appetite.
“In short…
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ emphasizes sins forgiven. ‘Jesus is Lord’ emphasizes a reorientation in life, which includes sins forgiven. I’m no longer the king of my domain, he is. This reorientation changes everything.
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ impacts me. ‘Jesus is Lord’ impacts me and everyone around me.
… ‘Jesus is Savior’ is often deeply personalistic and privatized. ‘Jesus is Lord’ retains the personal dynamic, but spreads out to impact everything and everyone around me. It is mission oriented (as sent ones) and seeks to reflect Jesus to others.
“… ‘Jesus is Savior’ affects only the spiritual aspects in life. ‘Jesus is Lord’ affects all of life; it is holistic and all-encompassing. Everything is affected by it; everyday and in every way. It isn’t limited to Sunday, or a mid-week program, or more generally to the religious side of life. But, lays at the center of life and thereby orients, shapes and informs everything else.”
Jeff goes on to nicely sum up the call to discipleship,
“Discipleship is not optional. It is not directed towards the few who take Jesus seriously. With Christ (read the gospel accounts), it was all or nothing at all. It was a summons with expectations. ‘Jesus is Lord’ demands our everything. ‘Jesus is Savior’ does not. The first focuses on a lifetime. The second on a one time decision. Unfortunately, the second does not always lead to the first. In fact, only about 50% of those who make decisions actually become disciples. Why? Because we center the call to follow on Jesus is Savior and not Jesus is Lord. One demands nothing of us. The second demands our everything.”
I hope you will take the time to read the entire article.  Jeff gets it.  He truly understands what it means to live in the Reign,
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