\ In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on becoming rooted and established in the faith. Here he asks what you are doing now to help you grow in your faith journey. Here are some excerpts:
… If you live your life only in terms of what’s in it for you, or what you can get out of it, you will get smaller, drier, harder, crabbier, and more self-centered. But if you open your life to others (and, most of all, to God), if you think in terms of what you can give and how you can contribute to the well- being of others, the old person you are becoming will be larger, softer, kinder, more gracious, and will cast a shadow of blessing that touches many lives. (Adapted from Daniel Henderson, The Deeper Life, 165-166.)
Think about it: How do you become the person you want to be? More importantly, how do you become the person God wants you to be? To become the person God created you to be? How do you become more and more like Jesus in the way you think and speak and act? To become a person whose life radiates with the love and grace of Jesus? How do you cultivate a heart – a life – of wisdom, love, and godliness? Rooted and established in the faith.
… To receive Jesus as Savior and Lord is not the ultimate or final goal of your life. It is not the goal of the Christian life, it is just the beginning– the starting point of the Christian life, the genesis of a personal relationship with our God and Savior that will last until you take your last breath and then continue through all eternity. Receiving Jesus Christ by faith as He is offered to us in the gospel is just the start of a life of fellowship with God and growing in grace that will last a lifetime…
If we have received Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord, our walk as believers – the way we live our lives as followers of Jesus – is supposed to show it. Can the people God has put in your life see that Jesus lives in you and that you are walking with Him each day? How about your friends at school? The guys or girls you like to hang out with? The people you work with? Your neighbors?
Is it evident in your daily life – your sleeping, eating, playing, going-to-work, hanging-out, social-media, walking- around life – that you are walking with Jesus? This is something you and I need to be intentional about every day. Every morning we need to renew our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to walk – to live – in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord, in a way that reflects His grace and truth and love in a world that desperately needs it all…. rooted and established in the faith…
To put a wrap on today’s message, let me ask you: What kind of person are you becoming? When you meet yourself in 5 years, or 10, or 30, or 50 years from now, what kind of person will you have become? What are you doing now to insure that you are becoming the person God has designed and desires you to be?