Post #3 Clean Up or Give Up
Everyone’s life is a mess to one degree or another.
Everyone is loaded down with selfishness, pride and sins.
But not everyone really desires to be made well from sinning. Fact is, most would rather keep their sins than love righteousness and truth.1
A lot of church goers and pagans have no desire to be made well from sinning.
Jesus once went to a man and asked him: “Do you want to be made well?” 2
When Jesus saw him lying there
and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time,
he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
Later the man resented Jesus for healing him because Jesus demanded he lose his life for him.
The blessed man became an enemy of Jesus and tattletaled on Jesus!
The man would rather have Jesus in trouble with the religious preachers than repent of his life.
What a goon.
The man went away and told the Jews
that it was Jesus who had made him well.
So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath,
the Jews persecuted him.
Everyone desires to clean-up, or tidy-up sections of their lives but Jesus demands that we give up our lives.
And the demand to give up your life is not the end-goal but the starting gate for walking the talk. If you become a Christian you literally are required by Jesus to get up and say to yourself, “I have no life. I give up my life. My wants. My will. My desires. My hopes. I give up me.”
The reason for this is easy to understand why you must lose your life. Because all aspects of your life, your very self are loaded down with sinful motives and selfish evil deeds.
Then as you look at yourself in the morning mirror, guess what, you cannot find yourself.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
Unless you are willing to lose your life, your very self then do Jesus a favor and do not claim the name.
Here is a little checklist to “test yourself.” 3 [checklist_in_post]
I have lost My-life for Jesus:
- My Time
- My Money
- My Relationships
- My Sleep
- My When I Get Up
- My Where I Go
- My Where I Live
- My Comfort
- My Fun
- My Career
- My Joys
- My Pride
- My Self-esteem
- My Old Self
- My Self-centeredness
- My Need To Be Served
- My Attention Seeking
- All, etc. etc. “I can’t find me.”
Christianity, true Christianity is dying out.
It is the last days and mankind’s, including women-kind, hearts are arrogant, hard and cold toward loving a good and holy God.
Selfie, selfie love and selfishness are exploding upon this sinful world.
It is most definitely terrible times.
Just look at the signs of wickedness in the world and in the church.
Anyone claiming The Name that has good self-esteem should be avoided like the plague for they know not the Truth.
Here are the marks:
- Lovers of self
- Lovers of money
- Disobedient to their parents
- Without love
- Without self-control
- Not loving the good
- Loving pleasure rather than God
Declaring they know God but their heart and lives deny His power.4
But mark this:
There will be terrible times in the last days.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Have nothing to do with them.
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Having nothing, repeating NOTHING to do with such Cultural Christians.
Because Jesus Said “Sit Down”
- 1 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
- 2 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)
- 3 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
- 4 They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (Titus 1:16)