Today was NP3 Sunday. Pastor Miles reviewed the status of giving thus far. There is still millions of dollars to be raised. It is vital that we keep tithing, and praying, and giving. It is also important to remember that it is not about how much you give but rather the faith in which you give. It doesnt matter if its $2.48, or $50,000, as long as we are being obedient to what God calls us to give.
Pastor Miles began this Sunday mornings message recalling the time when he began serving in the ministry working with teens. There was a particular incident in which he called up a girl who had been missing Bible study for a couple of weeks. She revealed to him that she had a problem that was just too big even for God to deal with. Pastor Miles than assumed that she was pregnant, an assumption she replied to saying that she was kind of pregnant.
We know that being kind of pregnant isnt possible. You either are or you arent. That is biological comedy, and to say that we kind of obey God is Lordship comedy because it is impossible to kind of obey God, we either do or we dont.
The Foundation of Lordship
Todays message took us to Matthew 7:21-27. Matthew is known as the teaching Gospel. Matthew, the author was a tax collector who wrote this gospel to the Jews to prove Jesus was the Messiah. Matthew quoted from the Old Testament over 120 times to show prophecy fulfilled through Jesus.
Matthew 7:24-27 states, Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.
The foundation of Lordship is complete obedience to Christ. Our life is like a house, and the storm that comes is death, and the Rock that our house should be built upon is Christ. Our house will fall when it is built upon anything but Christ. He is the solid rock on which we stand and in which we must put all our trust and obey Him totally.
How can we know what a house that is built upon the rock looks like, or in other words what a life that is obedient to Christ looks like? We must discover what our eternal purpose is. Our eternal purpose is not what we do. Perhaps we think our purpose is to own a big business, or to have a family, or make a lot of money. However, that is not our purpose but rather just what we do.
Our eternal purpose is found then in whatever we do because we do it to glorify God.
Our ultimate sense of self should come from our walk with Christ. Therefore, all our heart and soul should go into our endeavor to be godly. As mentioned earlier Lordship comedy is when we think we can kind of obey God. However, partial obedience is the same as complete disobedience.
We cannot be selective about obeying God, and choose to obey Him based on the situations we face. We must obey God in everything.
Jeremiah 7:23 states, But this is what I commanded them, saying, Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you that it may be well with you.
What would your life look like if you were to obey the Lord completely? Complete obedience is regularly hearing Gods Word. It is reading, studying, memorizing, discussing, and consistently putting it into practice every chance you get.
Psalm 119 most eloquently describes such a lifestyle. Psalm 119:9-11 states, How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
It really is that simple. We must obey God. It will not always be easy. Lordship, complete and unshakable obedience to the Lord, is something that must be practiced. It is being able to say no in the face of temptation and yes to God.
If we want to experience everything God intended for us we must obey Him. He is either our Lord, or He isnt. Who is your God? Jesus is only your God if you do what He says.
Matthew 7:21-23 says, Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!
Jesus made it clear in His Sermon on the Mount that He desired obedience. It doesnt matter what we do, no matter how good it seems, if we are not obeying the Lord. Countless times in the Gospels when Jesus would begin talking He would say, I say to you However, in these particular verses Jesus refers to what He will say. What will He say to you?
Pastor Miles closed this message with one Lordship warning. Storms will come. However, we can avoid the great crash by building our house upon the solid Rock.
Lets not be obedient according to our feelings and situations. Lets practice complete obedience to Jesus as owner and controller of our lives.