Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Biblical scholars have said that what made the message of the first Christians so attractive to the Roman world was the message of life. Eternal life and a life worth living was something that the world of the Caesars had lost. It could be said that they lived in a hopeless and lifeless world.
I have a growing sense that the message that Jesus wants us to preach again is one of life. So many around us are living self destructive lives because they do not believe that life is valuable. Many are prepared to risk their lives because they do not realize its value and what good can come from it.
Jesus came to bring us life - eternal life and how to live it. So lets Do Life!
A BATTLE OF LIFE AND DEATH / GOOD AND EVIL
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10)
It is noteworthy that this verse in John is mostly quoted in part. The whole meaning is so often split. We either speak about the thief stealing or about Jesus giving abundant life, but we do not juxtapose them.
The thief steals, kills and destroys, but Jesus gives life and in its fullness.
The thief takes away, but Jesus gives.
Jesus has come to give back what the thief has taken away.
Jesus came to overcome the thief and give life.
I have often pondered what this "abundant life" is. How does one get this and are we not missing out? Is there more? This abundant life is the opposite of the works of the evil one. We get the abundant life as Jesus destroys the work of the evil one.
"The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." (1 John 3:8)
YOU DO THE KINGDOM - HE'LL DO LIFE
Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Peter said to him, "We have left all we had to follow you!" "I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life." (Luke 18:24-30)
- It is VERY easy for the riches to become our god.
(for the rich it is their provider f,or the poor their tormentor - both demonic activities)
- Ask yourself, "Does God provide, protect and heal or does our wealth do this?
- The disciples realize that salvation is a miracle - i.e if the rich man has a problem with his wealth then the drunk, glutton, lustful, violent, bitter, unforgiving etc all have a problem.
- I don't believe Peter is trying to justify himself.
- I believe he asks, "What is going to happen to us - who will look after us".
- Jesus says to them "You do the Kingdom - I'll do the financing".
- Jesus say: "You do what I tell you and I'll sort out the rest"/
- Jesus says, "I'm a wonderful employer".
YOU WORK, HE'LL WORRY
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ... and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:25-34)
- Do not worry about life - work for the Kingdom.
- If you are focused on the Kingdom you won't have time to worry.
- 'Kingdom things' is all the King wants done (better schools, hospitals .... ).
- Life is seeing God do what He does.
- You will continue to worry if your focus is not on doing God's will.
- Life is about doing what God tells us to do.
BE DEVOTED TO YOUR MASTER AND HE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU.
Date Added: 2009-11-15
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