Yesterday at Lincoln Berean Church, pastor Bryan Clark’s sermon was on sacrfice.  The focus was on sacrificing financially for the sake of ministries/churches that have a spiritual impact on you.  At the end of the message however, Bryan switched gears and simply talked about sacrificing your life.  He said he doesn’t know why anyone would want to work in ministry because of how hard it can be on you and your wife and family.  His point was that unless the Lord had specifically called him, he wouldn’t do it.  Then he said, finger pointing toward the congregation, “Everyone has that same call, it just looks differently for all of us.”

I couldn’t help but think of a song by Lecrae during Bryan’s sermon because nothing says hip-hop like a mega-church sermon in Lincoln, Nebraska.  On Lecrae’s new album Rebel there is a song called “Go Hard.”  In it, Lecrae challenges Christians to listen to the missionary call that God has put on his people.  We are compelled by Jesus to share his good news.  We must do it.  “Woe to us if we do not preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16).

Go Hard (feat. Tadashii)

Lord kill me If I don’t preach the gospel
I’m still in my 20’s but I’ll die if I got to
Eh man I’m already dead- man forget my flesh
I done been crossed over, see the full court press
I’m a full court mess if the Lord don’t use me
Running from my trials thinkin’ everythangs groovy
If the Cross don’t move me then I don’t wanna breath no more
If I ain’t seeing Christ potna I don’t wanna see no mo
Rep Him every day without worrying about bruising
I been to china mayne I seen some real persecution
If U didn’t know Christ would ya life look the same
Can they tell you value Jesus by the way you rep his name?
man what’s the point of living if I’m living for myself
Lord empty out my life before I put you on the shelf
So for God I go hard I don’t wanna die tonight
But It’s too many people living who ain’t heard about the Christ

Read the whole song.

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