It’s about Him, not us.
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:10-14 (NIV)
In Ps. Eli Nelson’s last message in our Hot Ones sermon series, he teaches us what it means to live a life for Jesus not for what we can get out of it, but for what we can do for Him. In this passage in Philippians, Paul showed us that he was about something bigger than himself. He understood the mission of Jesus which was to build His church and establish His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Consumer Christianity vs. Contributive Christianity
Our American government is “by the people for the people,” but that’s not how we should live our Christian lives. It’s about Him, not us. You were bought with a price, for a purpose. Consumer Christianity is serving the Lord for what He can do for you while Contributive Christianity is serving Jesus for who He is and living on mission for Him.
God saved us to bring us into His Kingdom, not just to keep us from Hell.
“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ He replied to him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'” Matthew 12:46-50 (NIV)
In this passage in Matthew, Jesus wasn’t denying His love for His family, He was contrasting earthly loyalty with eternal allegiance. He wasn’t demeaning His family. He was promoting the gathering of the Church and showing how to live on mission for God as the body of Christ. Are you living in the earth for yourself or for eternity?
“You will always search for fulfillment on this side of heaven if earth is your final destination.” ~ Ps. Eli Nelson
The goal isn’t just to be saved. It’s to be a disciple of Jesus. Your goal should not be Heaven. If it is, then you are serving Jesus for what He can do for you. Our goal is to bring people to Jesus and to build His Kingdom. Your reward is directly proportional to what you have been entrusted with. God will reward what you have done, not what you have believed.
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” James 2:18-19 (NIV)
You have something to give.
You limit yourself by thinking you don’t have anything to contribute, but God has given us all something to contribute. People are eternal. Ask God how you can give more, not just what you can accumulate. Invest in people and in the Kingdom of God. Give all you got and don’t hold back.
What good is it to gain the world but lose your soul?
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