Live For God

I came across a phrase in my Bible reading this week.  It struck a chord with me and I would like to share it with you.  I Kings 15:14 reads:

But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa’s heart was loyal to the Lord all his days.

I have been a Christian since I was a small child.  I did not have a time of rebellion against God.  If the only thing that people say about me at the end of my life is that I “was loyal to the Lord all his days” that would be a good thing.  Almost as good as “Well done, good and faithful servant”spoken by the Lord.  The primary desire of my heart is to live for God.

Colossians 3: 1-11

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

I.  Set Your Mind On Things Above (v2)

Are our lives consumed with the things of this world?  Are we spending all of our time and energy pursuing goals that are based in this world?  Remember, we are to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to us.”  (Matthew 6:33)  This does not mean that we use seeking God as a tool to get what we really want to posses.  We should honestly have as our first desire, the desire to please God, to do His will in our lives.  Let us focus on the things of God.  Yes, we do need to remain grounded by this life.  We do need to be good students, or employees.  We need to pay the bills and live our lives, but our first desire should be to seek God.

II.  Christ is Our Life (v4)

As born again Christians, we have a new life in Christ.  The old man has died, and we have a new life in Christ.  This is because of the Spirit of Christ, which dwells in our hearts through our faith in Jesus.  It is not simply a refocus of our old life, it is a new creation in Christ.  He is our life source.

III.  Die to Sin (vv5-9)

Since Christ is now our life source, we are to put to death the old nature and it’s ways.  All forms of sexual immorality, covetousness, which is an improper longing for things of this world, anger, and even filthy language should be removed from our lives.  Our society freely embraces all these things, but we are called to come out from among them and be separate.  Our lives should be different because of the Spirit of Christ that dwells in us.

IV.  Put On the New Man (v10)

The old nature is to be put to death.  We are to put on the new nature.  We should continue to grow in our knowledge of God and of His Word.  We grow in this knowledge by spending time in prayer and in the Bible.  God will guide us by His Spirit to develop more and more into the image of His son.

V.  Unity (v11)

We should recognize an essential unity with all believers in Jesus Christ.  We may go by different names, we may have some different practices, and even some different beliefs, but all who have the Spirit of Christ are essentially one in Him.

May God help us in our efforts to live for Him, not just for a moment, but for a lifetime.

These are the sermon notes from 1/25/15.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.   

 

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