Sunday July 11th, 2010
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God
-1 John 5:13
John is clear in his intentions. His purpose is to give us reason to believe in the name of the Son of God, that is Jesus. Am I this purposeful in my intentions? Do I come right out and say what I want you to know? And is my message as good as the message John gives? When I am teaching, it is definitely my intention to introduce Christ to those who don’t know Him and to deepen the relationship for anyone who does, but how often do I come out and say that it’s what I’m trying to do? Maybe I need to do it more. It is my desire that everyone I meet come to believe in Jesus and I want them all to have eternal life. I know I don’t always live out that desire and I’m not that great at expressing it, but I really do want that. It is, as John says, a continual belief. I must keep on believing that Jesus is trustworthy and I need to keep choosing Him.
Let’s pretend that I’m rich, and I rent out Disney World in Florida, or even bought it. I also bought a bunch of busses to bus all my friends from California to Florida in the best road trip ever. I have some friends who live in states along the way, so I would have my caravan (Or is it carabus?) pick them up as we go. Now, for all my friends here in California, they might believe that I’m rich because I’ve shown them the Benjamin’s or made grand purchases without having to beat down creditors, but unless they believe in my goodness and generosity, even if they wanted to go to Disney World, but they wouldn’t get on the bus, then they wouldn’t get to go, would they? In the same way, we can believe that God exists and even believe that He is good and the Bible is true, but if we never step out in faith, it’s like not getting on the bus in the first place. Also, if my friends from California got on the bus, but along the way, got tired of the days and the stops, and got off along the way, then they wouldn’t never make it. In fact, they would be worse off because they are no longer even where they started. In the same way, Christians, we must make a continual choice to stay on the bus. Stay in the will of God and let Him take you. The moment you decide that you want to make your own decisions is when you step off the bus, and unless you get back on, you’re not going to heaven. Do not let pride deceive you and rob you of the blessing of not being in charge. If God is in charge, my biggest worry is staying on the bus, knowing that God will provide the rest. However, if I get off the bus, then I’m worried about where I’ll sleep and what I’ll eat. The desert is a lonely place to shop, and there’s a lot of it between here and heaven. You have a choice, either stay on the bus where the desert is a place you are touring, or get off the bus and make it a place where you live. Currently, I’m in the world. I eat the food here, I breathe the air, I spend it’s money. But one day, I’m going home, and I’m going to leave this world far behind. I won’t miss it, because home is better. I’m here to do a job. I’m here to tell people about who Jesus is and to build their relationships with their loving Savior. It’s my prayer, Wanda, that you will continue to choose Jesus and if you haven’t chosen Him yet, please let me know so I can talk to you about him. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on and get on the bus. The desert is hot and the buss has air conditioning. (Philippians 4:7)
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