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Create or How To Listen to the Architect

“The lost beauty of God’s good creation is what is recovered in the Incarnation.”

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity

We are approaching Christmas. Some will say “Yay”, others will groan. I love Christmas! Probably, because one of my primary love languages is receiving gifts. But, another reason I love the Christmas season is celebrating the incarnation of Jesus.

The incarnation of Jesus is such an incredibly huge and deep topic that I could only to hope to scratch the surface.

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Sink or How To Unlock Your True Identity

The New Testament phrase translated “put on” comes from the Greek root word enduo, which means “to sink into.” Putting on Christ does not mean that we must work and strive in human efforts to be like Christ. Putting on Christ means to sink into Christ, to lean back and rest in our identity in Christ.

Dr. Jonathan Welton

Sinking into His identity expressed in me.

It doesn’t take much effort to fall into water. There’s not a lot of striving in sitting on a couch. Such is our life of  identity in Christ.

By being fully 1clothed in Christ makes it impossible for the flesh to even imagine to find any further expression or fulfillment in lust. Jesus is Lord of your life.
(1enduo, fully immersed in the consciousness of the Christ-life, as defining you.)

Romans 13:14 Mirror

If we are sunk into Christ and His identity has become ours, we can’t find fulfillment in the pleasures of sin. Wow!

We stand fully identified in the new creation renewed in knowledge according to the pattern of the exact image of our Creator.

Colossians 3:10 Mirror

In Christ, we are fully identified by Him, through Him, and with Him as an exact image of God.

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Message

Delivering a sermon that’s filled with “do more (whatever), try harder (in whatever area), be more (whatever)” is not the gospel. The Gospel is “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.”

Our job as ministers of this gospel of Grace is not to dangle grace to others only clobber them with Law when they come out of hiding.

Grace is the rest we give to the weary.

Grace is the drink we give to the thirsty.

Grace is the bread we give to the hungry.

Grace is the embrace we give to the lonely.

Grace is the soap we give to the dirty.

We must hold true to the message that Jesus offered. The message of rest for the weary. The message of backs free of burdens. The message of shoulders un-ladened.

Jesus has some pretty harsh words for those who don’t hold true to His message of relief.

Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

Matthew 23:4-7 Message

Well, now that you mention it, watch out, all you religious scholars! Judgment will come on you too! You load other people down with unbearable burdens of rules and regulations, but you don’t lift a finger to help others.

Luke 11:46 Voice

The message we must deliver is the message of grace, truth, and love. This is the message the Christ has finished the work that we weren’t capable of completing. That is what we must proclaim to everyone!

We must be very careful not to lay burdens on the backs of anyone. We must pay careful attention to not wrap a “works-righteousness” brick in guilt, condemnation, or passive-aggressive expectations. We must wrap grace in the trappings of love, joy, and acceptance.

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Rest

“If we’re not careful, we can give people the impression that Christianity is first and foremost about the sacrifice we make for Jesus rather than the sacrifice Jesus made for us; our performance for him rather than his performance for us; our obedience for him rather than his obedience for us. The hub of Christianity is not ‘do something for Jesus’ the hub of Christianity is ‘Jesus has done everything for you.’ And my fear is that too many people, both inside and outside the church, have heard our pleas for intensified devotion and concluded that the focus of Christian faith is our love for God instead of God’s love for us. Don’t get me wrong — what we do is important. But it is infinitely less important that what Jesus has done for us”

– Tullian Tchividjian, One Way Love

So, how many of us started on the treadmill of “doing something for God” right after salvation? I’ll raise my hand. Both of them in fact.

I got caught up in the nobility of doing something for God and the obligation of doing something for Him since He did so much for me.

Now, is that wrong? Initially, I would say no. But if your entire relationship with God is doing things for Him, I would suggest checking your motives. Because if you don’t you’ll get a bad case of “burnout.” Start by asking and answering these questions.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

How did you do? Only after these questions are answered, even if you don’t like the answer, you can begin to move forward. Let’s start to answer these questions from God’s perspective.

Are you serving Him out of a place of resting in His love?

Jesus understood in His day that people are workers based on merit and it continues until today. His answer? Rest. His method? His yoke. Wait, a yoke. Yokes are for work, right? Matthew shares with us this gem.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matt. 11:28-30 MSG

Ok, but that’s still a yoke. A comfortable yoke, but still. So what makes this one lighter? Christ. He makes all the difference.  Re-read the verse above. Rest in Christ’s words.

Are you serving Him out of fear of being rejected?

Do you look at service to God and for Him in a way to cause you fear of being cast out if you stopped?  I get it. I’ve been there. But read what Jesus said in John.

“Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go.”

John 6:37 MSG

See! He is the one holding onto you! Let go. He has you. He will not reject you for He cannot reject Himself.

Are you serving Him from a place of clinging to an identity of a servant?

Servant mindset

Not worthy.

Not good enough.

I’ve been there, too. Then one day, while reading through the gospels again, BOOM, there is was. Jesus, full of grace and truth, said a statement that set me free.

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jon 15:15 MSG

He included us in what He’s doing! We’re in! Don’t believe me? Read this.

He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

Ephesians 2:6 MSG

It’s ok. Most all of us have been there. And the good news is that Jesus knew we would be there so He went ahead and told all this beforehand. So that once we got tired and fell of the treadmill of merit we would fall right into His arms. Nothing you do for God will be good enough or bigger than what He did for you through Jesus. That’s good news!

So, go ahead and push “STOP” on your treadmill.

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Right

If the devil can’t get you to do wrong, he’ll get you to do right, wrong.

Michael Card

I love this quote because it’s been true for me. Not that the devil didn’t get me to do wrong, but that it is so easy for me to do right, wrong.

Now, what is Michael saying? He’s saying the same thing that Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” But, what is it that leads to death? I believe that it’s our little self-salvation projects, our attempts to make ourselves right in the eyes of God, and our feeble tries to be right.

The only way for us to really do right, is to stop trying. Period. Game over. Game, set, match. The only way to actually be right is to rest in the finished work of Jesus and simply trust that He did a better job than we ever could. He won and let our name be engraved on the trophy.

So, do right. Stop doing.

Worry

One of my favorite messages that Jesus gave was the one about “Hakuna Matata”.

Bobby Shirley

Now, before you run away yelling “Heretic”, let me explain.
It could be the recent trip to Disney World or the incessant DVD playing in our van or memories of 8th grade band when we played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” at half-time and the movie came out on VHS and we watched it all the time.

Whatever the reason, this thought hit me the other day. For those of you who may not know, or have chosen to forget, Hakuna Matata means “No worries”.

Now, back to how Jesus talked about Hakuna Matata. In Matthew, he is giving his magnum opus of the kingdom that we call the “Sermon on the Mount”. In this message he talks about worry. Check it out.

25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

See? Hakuna Matata!

Now, how can we live with Hakuna Matata “for the rest of our days”? The answer is simple. Desire and trust. I know, I know, too easy. Don’t blame me, blame God. He set it all up this way.

Did you notice verses 33? Desire God and His kingdom, you’ll get what you need. Then, stop worrying. I know that this verse reads really well but practically is not easy at all! But, that is the remedy the God put in place. I’m preaching to myself. He knows what’s best for us. We must trust that. 

So, knowing all this your daily walk should look like this.


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Hard Work

The Christian life is full of hard work.
Yes, it’s full of hard work. The hard work is not what you think it is. The hard work is to relax and receive of Christ’s finished work. It is counter-intuitive to our “do something” culture.

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