Notes from sermon by Rev. Tom Boyd on 1-13-2013
Paul was a very successful, “big shot” on the fast track until he met Jesus. In Philippians 3:7-8, he says, “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” Paul didn’t say that he lost or was letting go of some things. Anything that comes between you and Jesus is not worth holding on to.
On hearing [Jesus’ teaching], many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” From this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. -John 6:60&66
Right now, I need to decide if I will give God control of my life or not.
What are your associations? Who do you spend your time with? This includes the time you spend watching television. Who and what are you allowing to influence your life on a daily basis. Stop doing wrong things. Start doing right things.
…of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. Ephesians 5:5-7
God cares very much about what you are doing and who you are hanging out with … just like any parent. Am I spending my time with people who are doing things that are not pleasing to God? Am I watching TV shows that desensitize me to what is right and wrong in God’s sight? I should be involved with people who don’t know the Lord in order to influence them for God, not the other way around. I definitely should not be participating in ungodly activity … even if it is with people who call themselves Christians.
Is there anything in your life that is keeping you from being sold out to Jesus? What excuses are you making? There is no better time than right now to get rid of whatever is between you and the Lord.