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Mortification, Sanctification and Chick Fil A

i wrote this sitting in chick fil a about 2 hours ago. chicken sandwich, smothered in honey roasted bbq, and sweet  tea!  yes! tonite is kids day, which means the joint is crawling with kids, wall to wall, and with the kids comes the noise!  its quite nice, it reminds me of back in the day when everyone went to mcdonalds on weekends for happy meals.  i love chick fil a, food is good and the fact that it started by christians is cool too. i was reading an article while i was there about how chick fil a has the highest employee retention rate in the biz, 96%.  truett cathay, founder of chick fil a, and his sons who now run the business, choose to run chick fil a  on biblical principles. theyve been quoted as saying “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me.” because of this they have chosen to close all restaurants on sunday, to allow their employees to go to church and spend time with family. they host corporate retreats for their peeps and for their families, understanding that strong healthy families and marriages are good for the business and for the community. theyve sacrificed the “bottom line” for the “bottom line.”  chick  fil a has prospered as they have sacrificed…

i was reading today about mortification.  the author, urban holmes, defined it as ” the intentional denial of legitimate pleasures in the spirit of Christian poverty that one might become more human.”  he goes on to say that the idea of mortification has been misunderstood or misinterpreted in todays culture. it has been deemed unimportant and old fashioned.  the act of mortification is either believed to be an end all (by denying themselves they earn merit w God.  which is false) or the act of “giving up” things for God has been exchanged with the idea of “taking on.”  the author responds that “what we failed to understand was that a life incapable of significant sacrifice is also incapable of courageous action.” 

sacrifices have to be made.  the process of sanctification requires mortification.  in the garden, you prune living branches inorder for more better growth to occur.  holmes says “we cannot simply ‘celebrate growth.’  it is more than to be regretted, it is tragic that we seem to have lost the insight that growth in Christ requires careful pruning.”  we all need to choose the best, and not be afraid of a little sacrifice, especially in light of what Christ has done for us all.

live courageously!

excerpts from Spirituality for Ministry by Urban T Holmes III

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