Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Life on the Edge
by Erik Momsen
A bumper sticker reads; "If you’re not living on the edge you’re taking up too much space".. I again realised that this must be true for the Christian life. Christian life should be the greatest adventure, not just a set of rules to make good citizens of us. I remember my own conversion. I was lost to the world. All I wanted was to be with Christians and make a difference in the world. I wanted everyone to know that Jesus is alive.
Some of our friends reminded me how it feels to be on the edge. This couple started coming to our church in 1991 and became dangerous Christians in 1994 when they were filled with the Holy Spirit. They now live to give people the Good News that Jesus is alive. It has been a long time since I have seen such joyful and dedicated Christians. Much of this is because they are living on the edge.
I realise that much of our trouble is that we spend our lives trying to be good, instead of doing good. We are focused on staying instead of going. We are focused on staying good instead of going good.
We have with us today a number of people who want to tell the world that they will follow Jesus. "Follow" is a "going" word. They want to publicly start this adventure of telling the world that Jesus is alive. They have come to know Jesus personally and are going to pass on this knowledge.
Paul describes what happens in a person's heart when Jesus becomes resident. All humans have a conscience - a God spotter - deep inside. It is also called the image of God. This part of us knows God when we are confronted by the Holy Spirit. The sad reality is that this image / conscience has been damaged to a greater or lesser degree. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is constantly trying to catch the light on that very dirty mirror. If we will put away our pride, or fear, or anger or over inflated "self" we will reflect the Light of God and be changed. Let’s read some Paul in 2 Corinthians.
"But thanks be to God who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To one the smell of death; to the other the fragrance of life." 2:14-16
- Let us be honest. Humans without Christ are self pitying, self opinionated, self serving, self conscious, self important, self centred beings. It is silly to be self-centred in such a big universe with such a big God.
"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not in ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." 3:2-3
- The only work of the church that will stand is lives turned to Jesus.
"Therefore since we have such a hope we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit is, there is freedom. And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lords Glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 3:12-18
- We are bold to go before God - children adopted - loved - disciplined - always belonging no matter what - Nothing can separate us, only ourselves.
- We are blind to God’s ways, plans and heart until Jesus shows us the Father.
- The blindness of people must sadden us and move us to minister to them. They are not O.K. left to themselves.
"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the eyes of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God. For God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness" made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 4:3-6
- We are not to lose what we were found for - to tell others.
- We are not to lose what we were made for - being with the Father forever.
Date Added: 2009-09-16
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