2005-04-11 - It is Well with Me
Mark 7:37, "And they were utterly astonished, saying, 'He has done all things well, He makes even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.'"
I am going to address two people today. I want to address the Christian and the non-Christian. So I guess in a backdoor manner, I want to address everyone, because if you are reading this, you fall into either one of those camps. You either rest in Christ for all your hope from your transgressions and sins, or you don't. Anyone who is honest knows that they have a conscience, and conscience is no small matter. It dogs us, but many try to quell their conscience through various means, like doing this or that good thing, and we all know it doesn't work. The only way to purge our conscience of our sinful nature, past, present, and future, is through Jesus Christ. Whatever camp you are in, Christian or non-Christian, never forget that. It really comes down to two things: where you place your faith, and how you live your life.
I am going to address non-Christians first, and I want you to look me in the keyboard. I want to tell you something that is as personal as it comes. It is as if we were sitting down on the couch together, eye to eye, telling it like it is. And like it is, is that without Christ, you are naked. Without Christ, you are poor, and miserable. You are in a sad state without Christ, and there is no nice way to tell you this. This is the fact. This is the reality. Without Christ, you are poor, naked, and miserable. You may live this life and be fairly respectable in your circles, but if you have not Christ, you will burn in hell, and you are heading for an eternity without God.
We don't like to say these things, but we need to be honest with you. I said "we" there, and I had in mind the general Christian public. We don't like to tell you that if you don't believe like we do, you will burn in hell forever, but Christians really believe this, and it is because we believe the Bible. And you can come back at me with rational logic, and I am well schooled in Aristotelianism and Platonism, but let me drop you this simple truth: You exist (fact), there has to have been a creator who thought this all up (fact), you have a conscience that tells you when you screw up (fact), if there is any hope of reconciliation with this Creator who thought this all up there must be a way to achieve that, and the Christian faith, and it is faith, says that this comes through Christ. I have followed Christ for a long time, and if you have yet to turn your life to Christ, I urge you to do so. Do it now. The message of the Bible is repent and believe in Jesus Christ. It is not good works; it is faith.
I said I would talk to those who are Christians also. I am going to hit you hard. Many of you are also naked, poor, and miserable. I speak to myself, but also to you, we don't live up to our faith. There is not one of you who will deny this. We may seek and strive to be godly, but we are not godly. Let us be honest here; we who name the name of Christ, and seek to follow Him as a witness to His grace, STILL SIN! Let me encourage you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, seek not to be poor in His grace. Seek His mercy in all aspects of life. As followers of Christ, we represent the truth to a dying world; never forget that. You are a witness by your life...even when you think you are not witnessing, you probably are. If we lived up to our faith, even just those who are reading this, we would spur a revival - and we are so in need of a revival today. There are way too many of us professing Christians who live our lives as if we were naked, poor, and miserable. We follow the world, and what is interesting about the world is that it does not smile. We only find a true smile in Christ. Let us seek Christ, share His grace and mercy, and may revival come to this world. Amen.
Soli Deo Gloria,