Thursday, April 19, 2012

Jesus' Resume

Okay…this blog may be considered a lazy entry.

But I just thought this was too good not to pass on.

The following is from my pastor’s Easter sermon.

What I find most powerful from this excerpt of his sermon is the amazing eloquent way that he sums up exactly how Jesus in ALL ways conquered the “World’s” definition of success…all by simply being who He is.

The World (and the devil) so distorts both the goals of success and the paths on which to get there.

In adjoining Christ to your heart, by accepting Him as your personal savior, you are privy to these amazing successes as well.

Jesus loved you and therefore He did it all.

And He did it for you and He did it all by himself.

Our instincts say, “Climb!” Jesus Christ says, “Climb aboard, and I’ll lift you and I’ll bring you where you need to be!”

We believe in the incomparable Christ.

More than 2000 years ago there was a man who was born contrary to the normal laws of nature.

This man lived in poverty, he was raised in obscurity.

He traveled very little crossing the boundary of His own country only one time during His exile in Egypt. He possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicuous. He had no training nor formal education.

In infancy, He startled a king.

In childhood, He puzzled the doctors of theology.

In manhood, He walked upon the waves as pavement and hushed the sea to sleep.

He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service.

He never wrote a book, and yet, perhaps all the libraries of the world could not hold the books that have been written about Him.
He never wrote a song, and yet, He has furnished the theme for more songs than all the songwriters combined.

He never founded a college, but all the schools put together could not boast of having as many students.

He never marshaled an army, nor fired a gun, no ever drafted a solider, and yet, no leader has ever had more volunteers under His orders nor make as many rebels drop their weapons and surrender without a shot being fired.

He never practiced psychiatry, and yet, He’s healed more broken hearts than all the doctors far and near.

His enemies could not destroy Him.

The grave could not hold Him.

He is the risen, ever-living savior, Jesus Christ.

Aren’t you tired of climbing?

Haven’t you done all you can do and it’s still not enough?

Shift your paradigm. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Can I get an AMEN?!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Matthew 13

I was reading through my Bible the other night (currently working through Matthew) and this one section was just so clear and so good and so amazing that I simply am pretty much going to “copy and paste.”

Here goes:

Jesus said:

Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.  Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” (Matthew 13:3-9)

Like all good parables, Jesus’ story above illustrates four basic types of people, or “seeds.”

Later in the passage, Jesus explains clearly these four types of people.

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.  The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Matthew 13:18-23).

Are you a seed on the footpath?
Are you easily swayed and “snatched” by the Enemy? Seek to further understand God’s plan for your life and accept His salvation.  You can do this by reading the Bible or speaking/having conversation with mature Christians.

Are you a seed on rocky soil?
Are you currently saved, but easily wither when things get rough? Seek to strengthen your roots by getting into the Word, prayer, worship, and focusing your time in communion with other Christians to strengthen your relationship with God.

Are you a seed among thorns?
Are you currently saved, but are too distracted by your own plans and desires for your life? Ask God for forgiveness, and seek to refocus your everyday life on what GOD’S riches IN you are, instead of what you can obtain by The World’s standard/requirements.

Are you a seed that fell upon good soil?
Congratulations. You are perfect and definitely going to heaven.
Haha. Just kidding (although, you are going to heaven right along with seed #2 and seed #3…but I digress…)
While right now you may be flourishing in God’s grace and fully tucked-in tight under God’s wing, we should always be diligent to stay in God’s light and ask daily (even moment by moment) for Jesus to be present in our lives.