I think we are on fairly safe ground if we can understand “normal” to be that which is most typically seen or that which is to be expected most of the time. This leaves open the possibility that God could lead someone to live in a manner quite differently than most people; owing to a specialized calling, in a particular location, among a specific group of people… but it would be a pretty rare thing.
For the vast majority of us, there are things that Jesus expects of us (not to earn His favor, or merit salvation, mind you!) – and it is legitimate to say that these expectations are what should typically mark the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, what should typically mark a Christian’s life is not what is found in the life of the average Christian.
Think for a moment about this quote:
“Most Christians live such subnormal Christian lives
that when someone comes along leading a normal Christian life,
he seems abnormal.”
Jesus was not as interested in obtaining “decisions”, or gaining “members” as He was in training disciples. “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt.4:19), Jesus said. He never called anyone to anything less than total commitment. Following anyone (especially following Jesus) requires effort, training, and discipline. Godliness is not a matter of simply trying harder, but of training better (1 Tim. 4:7), seizing upon the proper, effective tools for spiritual growth.
I am delighted to report that this is exactly the sort of training that goes on at the C.O.T.R. Seminary. Abundant prayer is normal. Rigorous scholarship is normal. Frequency of worship is normal. Witnessing to the lost is normal. Extreme personal sacrifice is normal. Whole-hearted commitment to Jesus is normal. Aren’t these the kind of pastors and Christian workers you would want to see produced from a seminary? If so, won’t you please give generously to see that this sort of normal Christian life is carried on in India!
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