I thought I’d share a little excerpt from this Sunday’s sermon called “Your Last Will And Testimony.” This is part 49 in our continuing series on the book of Acts.
Those who are most active in church work, be it in the physical part of the building or in looking to build lives through witnessing or teaching, are those who can say with Paul, “This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I was the worst of them all” (1 Tim. 1:15). Until we are truly aware of the extent that our sin cost God the death of His one and only Son, we will be casual observers of the Christian life. Until we come face to face with our own sin and how much God loves us, we will continue to play with Christianity at our own convenience. Until we are absolutely convinced that we have no life outside of the grace and mercy of God, we will continue to make God someone we admire and mostly agree with when it suits our mood and fits into our schedule. But anytime being a Christian or going the extra mile to become a disciple costs us too much, like getting up early to get the kids ready for church, or budgeting our money so we can tithe, or not just joining those who gather for a Bible study but actually contributing to the conversation, we’ll take the easy way and find an excuse to put God second to our current desires for comfort and ease.