What to Lose: My Self-Righteousness

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 7 Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above. –Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”   Invincible Sometimes as a Christian, I feel invincible. I feel as if nothing can touch me…as if nothing can hinder my faith. When I feel the power of God fall upon me and His presence fills my soul, I feel unstoppable. I start to believe that no scheme of the enemy could ever penetrate my faith. That somehow I am in an untouchable realm, where sin cannot reach me and the temptations of this world could never affect me. As Read More

What to Lose: My Worldly Perspective

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 6 If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Colossians 2:20 HCSB The message of this verse brings anguish to my heart. It cuts through every ounce of greed, lust, and pride inside of me, laying bare the thoughts and attitudes of my heart (Hebrews 4:12). Like a double-edged sword to my heart and soul, this verse opens up all of the hidden, deceptive thoughts inside of me and reveals them plainly before my eyes. Yes, the word of God has an astounding way of cutting through everything false in me to reveal the corruption of my own heart. Desperately I Read More

What to Lose: The Idol of Common Sense

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 5 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:27-28 A Radical Response Following Jesus tends to defy common sense. It often requires that we examine the two paths before us and then choose the one that seems most illogical. Most certainly, there was nothing logical about Levi, a wealthy tax collector, walking away from everything he knew in order to follow Jesus Christ. Jesus had no home, no place to sleep, and no earthly riches to offer. Yet when He said, “Follow me,” that is exactly what Levi did. Read More

What to Lose: Indifference Toward Eternity

A Series by Jill Holler – Part 4 And he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart…And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:14-15 Eternity How often do you consider the eternal fate of those around you? Does your heart yearn for the salvation of others? Or has your heart become indifferent toward the urgency of the gospel? As I am writing this, I feel a wave of panic hit my heart, for I know I have not been faithful to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel–not even to my own small world around me. I become humbled before God as I am faced with the glaring truth Read More

7 Things to Lose to Gain a Life of Purpose in Jesus Christ

A Series by Jill Holler – Introduction Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39 What would you be willing to lose in order to gain the abundant life of purpose God created you for? Just how far would you go in your quest to give up everything for the sake of Jesus Christ? The stakes are high…and they are very real. We will either lose our life or we will find it. There is no middle ground. We can give up everything for Jesus Christ or we can store up everything for ourselves. And what we choose will have lasting implications on this earth and for eternity. The Choice We Make Today Read More