Imagine getting to the end of our lives, not the end of a day or the end of a week or month, but getting to the end of life and thinking, “I’ve wasted it all!”
God is calling people out of spiritual sleep into spiritual alertness, out of spiritual death into spiritual life, out of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
In our reach for “what works” it can be easy to lose sight of holy living. It is easier to practice a principle or implement a strategy than it is to say “no” to sin or to cultivate a godly habit.
You and I have such a high and noble calling. We have such a destiny in front of us that sinful behavior is out of character for us. It is unworthy of who Christ is, and unworthy of who we are as his people.
I know it is not easy. I am not trying to minimize the pain you feel. Some of you have stories of horrendous deeds done against you. I understand. But, eventually, you must forgive.
Our words can cut in one of two ways. They can cut and bring death – like a sword thrust through our heart, or they can pierce deep within a person and bring healing like a surgeon’s knife.
Christ has called us into a new community where we worship God equally. And as members of one another we are to live our faith in a way that marks us off from the world of darkness and paganism.
Let me ask you a question today – what is at the center of your life? Is Jesus Christ at the center? If he is not, then you are placing something from the created world at the center of your life.
We have three solid underpinnings for the Christian life – and the third one is – doing it all in community. We cannot live this life alone.
Christ is renewing us so that we will let go of the practices of darkness. God has delivered us from our solidarity with the old man, Adam and brought us into solidarity with the new man, Jesus Christ, and he tells us that the Holy Spirit is renewing us at the very deepest core of our identity.
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”Can it be any bleaker? Can Paul express it with any greater clarity? We were not just sick, we were dead in our trespasses and sins.
When God exalted Jesus, He bestowed something upon Him – a name. The name is above every other name and will one day cause every knee to bow. What is the name? The name is a title, and the title is Lord!
People were alienated from God and the people of God. They were cut off from the Messiah, from the covenants of promise, and from hope. But friends … that is not the end of the story for the very next words begin with that great word of divine intervention – But – this is the way the world was, but God intervened.
God is powerful but we need to believe that he is powerful for us.