i’ll stickwitu Jesus

Ryan shared this story with me….so I’m sharing with you 🙂

One of his pastors back home in Kentucky gave a sermon a couple months after one of the congregation members passed away.  The pastor explained….at funerals, it seems the standard of whether someone was a good person is based on one thing: Does anyone speak ill or bad of them? Especially in a small town, if no one had anything against you, it could be decided that you were basically a ‘good person’.

The pastor continued…”Boy, that sure wouldn’t apply to Jesus– people said all types of bad things, especially the religious leaders.”

The question of the sermon:

Do you want to obey men or God? Sometimes to do the work of God, you’re gonna ruffle a few feathers.

Paul questions who we are striving to please– God or man–, Galatians 1:10,

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

What holds you back from being a faithful servant of Christ?  FearDoubts about what others will think?  I know the enemy uses fears and doubts to play on my ability to faithfully serve Christ… but take heart!  Jesus has overcome the world and He guides us in our walk with Him…

1.) The sword of truth– God’s Word– provides the tool to discern, test and approve using His standards and invites the Holy Spirit to work through you (Ephesians 6: 10-12; Colossians 4:6),
2.) Seek Godly counsel from wiser Christians, rooted in the precepts of the Bible (Proverbs 13:20; Titus 2: 1, 12, 15),
3.) And….be ready to love sacrificially as Jesus loved us, not just in words but with actions AND truth (1 John 3: 16-22; James 5:19-20).

Last, we have a very small understanding of what it means to “love sacrificially.”  Love as Christ loved us first….
4.) Be ready to extend forgiveness and mercy…Luke 23:34, “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'”

He never said it would be easy…only that it would be worth it.  We are called to a high standard as Followers of Jesus.


4 Responses to “i’ll stickwitu Jesus”

  1. 1 piedpatter
    October 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    How short sighted and forgetful we are, I fail daily to care that it will be worth it… God forgive me.

  2. 2 Ry
    October 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Nice post babe! I’m sure everyone loves the Ry cameos.

  3. 3 wiseeats
    October 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I want to ruffle feathers! 🙂

  4. October 18, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I think that the one thing that I tend to forget is that the world that I live in is not a different world than the world Christ walked. More often than not we tend to separate the two and think that where we walk does not have the same rules of engagement – we look at our jobs and we do not prayerfully consider the different options and offer them up to the world. We’re stuck in a do-loop of pressing forward as fast as possible, why? Because everyone else is running full steam ahead…

    Thanks for the reminder Kim, keep on conquering for the Lord and sharing your thoughts!

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