Jesus gave himself for ME,
so He could give Himself TO ME,
so He could live His life, THROUGH ME.
Jesus gave himself for ME,
so He could give Himself TO ME,
so He could live His life, THROUGH ME.
IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT ME!
The Kind of Christian I Am!
Some folks believe that trusting Jesus, and becoming His disciple is surrendering life and its potential to a static life of religion. Oh, how the devil delights in spreading that lie! The truth is that in Christ, nothing is lost but the condemnation of sin, and the new life in Him is continuous gain upon gain. Joyfully, in Christ, life is still all about me, but in a much better way! Think with me about this.
Why did God leave heaven and become a man? It was to fulfill the types and promises of the Old Testament, and to pay the penalty of sins on behalf of mankind. He did this for me! You see, it really is all about me!
Why did He provide an everlasting salvation for all who repent of sins and trust Him as the personal Savior, especially me? Oh, yes, it is all about me!
Why did He create the living organism known as His body, the church? He did it that I might learn of Him, grow in grace and knowledge. Yes, it is all about me!
Did He not promise His dear children new life, and a new, incorruptible body, even me? Oh, yes! It is about me!
Does He not give us the opportunity to mature in the faith once delivered to the saints? Will that not qualify us to rule and reign with Him in the age that is about to happen? Does this include me? Indeed! It is all about me!
He will show me how an entire universe may be destroyed and return to the unseen state? I will see how creation is done. Because once resurrected I will ever be with the Lord, I will have a bird’s eye view of the creation of new heavens and a new earth! Hallelujah, it is all about me!
Who then will get to live in the New Jerusalem on the new earth, but his disciples of every age? That includes me! It is indeed all about me! Who then has the joy of studying, praying, coalescing the rightly divided Word that takes one from mountaintop to mountaintop? Among others, it is I! Thank the Lord it really is about me!
Dear reader this is for you, too, because of God’s love. I claim all these blessings for myself within the constraints of the Blessed Word of God because that is the kind of Christian I am!
IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!
Various media emit a virtual flood of vile information every day about the sins running rampant in this generation. It is not that they are new, quite the contrary, they are almost as old as mankind. But they are multiplied thousands of times over in number and intensity as the age draws to a close. Moreover, the commonality of them all is summed up as “It’s all about me.” Think with me about this!
One predominating problem is abortion. Why does it exist? It is all about me: what I want, and I will murder to get it! Another is sexual perversion. Homos want acceptation in society the same as hetero-sexual folks. Moreover, men want to become women, and women want to become men. Women want to mate with women, and men want to mate with men. In Disney terms: when Mickey prefers Donald over Minnie, that’s Goofy! Why is this? It is all about me! Still another is the abandonment of responsibility. Whatever may happen, it is somebody else’s fault. Families are abandoned; little children left to whomever may have a heart of compassion. Why? It is all about me!
The list goes on. There is addiction to alcohol and various other drugs. People will lie, steal, and even kill to get a temporary high from their drug of choice. Why? It is all about me! Then enter the quest for material success. Nothing, but nothing must get in the way of material success. It does not matter who is hurt, stepped on, abandoned or thrown overboard. It is all about me! Oh, how about political socialism? As the government dismantles traditional America, masses applaud at the prospect of skimming off the cream of the labors of others as a supposed right. It does not matter if what I have is a tort from those who have prepared themselves and labored hard for what they have. I want it! Give it to me, and I will vote for you! Why is this? It is simple. It is all about me!
Enter the world of religion. “The teachings of that book called the Bible are just too harsh. It makes me feel bad. It cramps my style. I want a religion that relates to me in my selfish, sinful pursuits. I will take such a religion if it suits me, or leave it if it doesn’t. After all, it’s all about me!”
Well, this is the world today. But it is not new. It all happened before in the days of Noah, and to that totally corrupt society the world is destined to return because it wants a world devoid of the righteous, Creator God. It is by His grace that they shall have it for a short time, but their arrogant selfishness shall soon turn to cries for rocks of the mountains to fall upon them and hide them from the face of Him who comes. Rev. 6:15-16. I believe all men should understand this and prepare for their meeting with God by living accordingly because that is the kind of Christian I am!
IGNORANT AND CANNOT UNDERSTAND
Joh 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
Nicodemus came to Jesus not understanding the way of life. He was religious. He knew the scriptures of the Old Testament and yet did not understand that Jesus was the way of life. Jesus proceeds to inform him of the new birth. Do not wrestle with the fact that the natural man cannot understand those things that are spiritual. Paul enlightens us on this subject.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Natural man will not understand. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict.
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
When the word is preached, the Holy Spirit convicts.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The preaching of the word brings the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This conviction is making known that there is a God that has sent a Savior. Now Jesus used the natural physical things of this world to compare to spiritual things so there would be understanding. Nicodemus now understood that he must be born again which is the birth from above.
THE BREVITY OF LIFE
Jam 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Those of us that are boomers find it hard to believe that we are aging. Our mind is still young and thinking of days past when we were able to do anything, just about, that we desired. Now we find that we are classed as old and soon to pass away. Our children are attempting to bring us to the point of realizing that we need to make some plans for that day. They ask silly questions (where do you want to be buried, what type of casket, funeral in church or funeral home, what about a living will) that we feel is premature or unwarranted. Yet, these questions are very valid. What preparation have we make? On this earth, whether we have made preparation or not, we will be buried. But what about our final resting place? Have we make reservations for eternity?
My decision upon what casket, what funeral home, etc. is rather unimportant compared to eternity. The very word eternity indicates a long time – forever. What preparation have I make? I have benefited from a loving father and mother that introduced me to the Master and Owner of eternity at a very young age. I put my total trust and faith in His Crucifixion and resurrection when still a child and I know my reservation cannot be canceled for He said He would keep me till that day when He calls my name to be with Him in glory. Jesus Christ the Son of God has His reservation book open, waiting for you to trust in Him and make your reservation to join Him when our temporary life here ceases.
Why don’t you make that reservation today before it is too late?
WHAT WE ARE
I have been mulling over the most recent things I have posted and have come to the conclusion that we are a unique generation. Maybe I should say generations. Beginning during the 60’s and continuing into this day we are a number of generations of narcissistic people. What do I mean by that statement? We are totally self center and care more of self than others. We think it is all about us. Our statements reveal our self-absorption and navel gazing to the world.
I think, I feel. I (there I go) took a quick look at a book that is purported to be a daily devotional/inspirational book. It began with “I choose” stated nine times. One devotional is – You’re something Special. I know the intent was to bring people to a point of making a decision to change their life, but the big I gets in the way.
Notice what we require today. If the Sunday school class does not serve coffee and donuts, we skip it so we can eat breakfast. Yes, I know of a pastor that prepares for Sunday School by making the coffee and setting out the donuts purchased the night before. His explanation to me was – They are so busy and so tired after the week that if they don’t have these here they skip Sunday School. Now, I am going to editorialize on this so if you want to change channels go right ahead. There may be some sarcasm that may injure your tender sensibilities.
My aunt related a little family history that I just went over the other day. She related the family work schedule. This was a small Arkansas farm where they raised their children. This was before the union eight hour work day. This was before the forty hour work week where anything over was time and a half. Also this was family so child labor laws were not invoked. The whole family was involved in preparing the ground planting and harvesting. My aunt’s husband was busy with the garden, the mules, the cows, the pigs and also, most times employed as a carpenter or working at a saw mill. This was not five days a week per union contract, this was a seven day a week work.
Sunday! That day given to God from whom all blessings flow was a day that the animals had to be fed and watered. The family had to dress eat breakfast and then put straw and blankets in the wagon for a little more comfortable ride to church. Many times they packed their own lunch. Oh! By the way, this was not a small family. There were six or seven children in this family. They made it to church on time, having already eaten breakfast, they were ready to worship. Today – well what can I say, we choose to have our lives so busy that we are totally exhausted Sunday morning and it is the only day of the week we can sleep in and get a little extra sleep. Wait, you had Saturday off. What happened? Well we had this to do and we had that to do. What employer required you to do this and that. Well none, it is what my family and I wanted to do. So there you have it. It is not the necessities of life that keep us away from the house of God, or continually late, it is the wants that we have that make us so tired that we drag until we are late or don’t even make it to the house of God. How pathetic is that?
There is another area that shows me that we are a narcissistic people. That is; “What does your Church have for me? For the young married couple – do you have a young married couple class. For the single person – do you have a singles class. For the college student – do you have a college or career class. For the couple with children – do you have children’s chapel. For those divorced – do you have a class for divorces. Once again it’s all about me. I am so special and my needs are so different that I need to be catered to. There is hardly ever a question about what is taught. What doctrine do we teach, believe and practice. There is never a question about salvation, security or the Church. The idea is the church is to babysit my kids during the worship hour and I need to be make to feel comfortable, with preaching that tells me I am accepted and catered to. Be easy and sweet with the Word that is preached. The message sent is; in my flesh make me feel good and valued when I leave. Don’t preach too hard against sin.
One Sunday morning, at the end of service, my wife and I were shaking hands as people left and a gentleman that had been visiting for several months came through the line. I had been preaching fairly hard against obvious sin that so easily besets us. He shook my hand and made this statement – “I see now why your church is so small.” Bless His heart, he didn’t come to church to hear about the sin he should shun. He came to Church to hear about how good he is. Now don’t preach anything that may cause the Holy Spirit to prick the heart. Preach soothing words of comfort. One again – “HOW PATHETIC!!
Now we have programs that cost a lot and take responsibility from the people. We call it evangelism. That responsibility is freely given to a person to use in the way he sees fit. Begin a ministry that has a very narrow focus. That focus could be magic, extreme fighting, motorcycle racing or any other activity. The people will gladly pay for it just as long as they don’t have to take the time to tells others about Christ. Our evangelism is bought and paid for and somebody else has the responsibility.
Jesus said to go. This instruction was given to every church member. It cannot be done for you. Jesus sent 70 out to witness of Him twice during His ministry. This is our example, to go, to tell, to baptize, to teach. Money is not the answer. We, personally, are to tell all we meet about our Savior – Jesus Christ.