walk in the word
Category: Spiritual Life
“Only let each person live the life that the Lord has assigned to them and to which God has called them.” 1 Corinthians 7:17
Do you ever feel that life is rushing by too fast? Here it is autumn again and after that comes winter, spring, summer, autumn, winter, and tick, tick, tick, tick. Time rushes forward. One day I was just a kid and then I had kids and now they are almost grown. Somebody told me recently, “I feel like my life is racing down the highway and I am sitting in the backseat watching it go by.” Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever wonder, what happened to my dreams? I had some things I wanted to do with my life and now life is sort of happening to me.
If those thoughts have ever shown up on your radar, you’ll want to pull up along side me on the broadcast for the next couple weeks as we explore, Living Life on Purpose. It’s all about seeing, choosing, acting, deciding, taking hold of life—living our life. First Corinthians 7:17 says,“only let each person live the life that the Lord has assigned to them and to which God has called them.” That’s the only life I want to live. All I want to do is what God has assigned for me. Isn’t that what you want?
Living life on purpose. Intentionality is nothing without foundation. Not only must I live purposefully but I must also have a purpose for living. The Bible teaches that the purpose of life is to know Christ and to make Christ known. Joy and fulfillment is ultimately only found in that one purpose. Now if that sounds kind of radical to you, then you might not get it yet. As you’ve come to Christ and glimpse Him in all of His fullness, then you know what I’m talking about. You know what we are living for.
Everything comes from that one thing—knowing Jesus Christ as Lord. Every heart longs for something. Everyone searches for meaning and fullness to life—to know where it’s all going. I’ll tell you as directly as I know how that the starting place for that kind of joy begins with kneeling before the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You gotta bow the knee to Him.
What does that mean? Well, that would be determined by on which side of the line you are standing. And yes, there is a line. Not everyone is going to heaven. But you can be sure today that you are. Please hear me as though God was pleading through me.
Acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord
You say, “OK, how do you do it?” Here it is. It’s not easy, but it is simple, as simple as A-B-C.
A: accept the fact that you are a sinner. That shouldn’t be hard—if you’re in doubt, ask your family. The Bible says we all fall in many ways. Romans 3 says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Because we are sinners, we are under the just condemnation of a holy God. If you died this moment without the Lord in your life, you would go straight to Hell. That may sound harsh but listen, it isn’t—because God has made a way for you through His Son Jesus Christ.
B: believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for your sin. He came into this world; He lived a perfect life; He died on a cross, and there He paid the penalty for your sin so that God could righteously forgive you. Now if God was just going to let everybody into heaven Jesus would not have had to come. Jesus came because we have a radical problem that has to get solved or nobodies going to Heaven. So God did the radical thing and sent His Son to demonstrate His love for us. Romans 5:8 says, “that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Do you believe that?
C: confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Your next step is to openly and unashamedly acknowledge Christ as your own Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 says, “if you will confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can be forgiven. You can have your life transformed. You can know Him personally and your life will never be the same. Make sure today.
Experiencing Jesus Christ as Lord
You may say, “James, I have made that decisions to follow Christ. What comes after?” Too often we focus only on that first decision, but here is the final thing. God doesn’t just want to forgive you and get you off to heaven. He wants to change you on the way. He wants to take the reality of His declaring you as righteous and treating you as righteous and He wants to makeyou righteous. First Thessalonians 4:X says, “this is the will of God, your sanctification.” The word sanctification means to be set apart, or to be made holy. Jesus wants to be Lord, ruling over every area of your life.
Bottom line: He wants to be Lord of your life.
Today could mark the turning point in your life. This could be the month that you look back to as when you embraced Jesus as the Lord of your life. But don’t forget, He is Lord. The question is whether you will bow your knee to Him.
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