April 10, 2009

Easter - Jesus did it all out of love!

From our Pastor today:

Jesus did it all out of love!

Okay… this is for all you church members out there.

In his last hours with his disciples, Jesus made a promise. It’s a promise that still applies to us today because we too are his disciples. Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27

The peace Jesus is talking about is not the peace of forgiven sins, although we certainly have a great peace because our sins have been forgiven. This particular peace comes when a person gives himself/herself fully to Jesus – nothing held back. In other words, the issue of Lordship is settled.

Obviously, this kind of peace is unknown to the unsaved. But sadly, many church members do not know this peace.

So can a person be saved and miss out on this peace? Yes. You see, you may have settled the Savior issue but you have not settled the Lordship issue. Have you truly given it all to him? Are you holding back? Jesus is Lord of all or he is not Lord at all in your life. Which is it for you?

There is a driver’s seat in your heart. There is room for only one person in that seat. So who is sitting in the driver’s seat? You or Jesus?

Now read this part carefully. One day Jesus will speak some very frightening, heart-breaking words. These words will be spoken to many “church members.”

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)

So do you really have the peace of mind and heart this Easter? I pray that you never hear the words “I never knew you.” Settle it today!

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts…” Col. 3:15a


Connie said...

WoW-that was truly inspiring.
Well done..."praise the Lord'
My brother The Reverand could not have said it better...

Kathy said...

Great post. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.