Free To Follow with Michael Blue
15th century theologian Thomas a Kempis wrote, “Jesus has now many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His cross. He has many desirous of comfort, but few of tribulation.” Has anything changed after 600 years? Is your lifestyle keeping you from following Christ more fully? Today, host Rob West talks with author Michael Blue about breaking the chains of complacency. Then it’s your calls on anything financial at 800-525-7000. Michael Blue is an attorney and President of the Ron Blue Institute. He’s written several books on biblical financial principles including his latest Free To Follow: Discover the Riches of a Surrendered Life.
· Michael offers wisdom on this topic from his book. He answers questions about how to manage money for Christians from the most affluent nation in history.
· He talks about the reasons why Christians are ashamed to share the gospel and how Christians tend to choose comfort over follow what the Lord tells you to do.
· He discusses what it means to fully surrender to God. He offers practical examples such as transforming your heart, obedience, downsizing in home and career and using these ways to hear God’s voice in more of a clear way.
· Michael talks about what it means to answer Jesus’ calling of “follow me.” He speaks on Luke 9 and what it has meant to him to truly follow Jesus.
· This calling is also very applicable to finances. Michael talks about how he had found an idol in comfort and how he chose to say no to it and take another route.
· Michael offers wisdom to us, as listeners, on practical steps to take to financially surrender to Christ. He talks about how to honor God in our finances and how to use finances to grow your faith and others’ faith.
· Lastly, Michael talks about if we, as Christians, are supposed to be called to a life of austerity.
Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program:
· I am 71 years old and been retired for a few years. My pension covers my monthly expenses and I have money in IRAs. I am concerned about helping my children before I pass. What is the best way to plan for this?
· I am going to be 69 this year. We were in a foreign country until 2005 and I started my financial life in the U.S. at that time. We have our own business, but Covid sort of knocked us back. We are thinking of starting investing. What is the best way to start this?
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