Summary: I am ready to live for Jesus like I should. What should that look like in my life? How do I know if I am doing what I should be doing?
Am I Living for Jesus?
A couple weeks ago on Sunday night, we found out that Jesus did some pretty incredible things for us, when I preached from verses 11-18. There are four of them to be exact.
He left the riches of heaven to become the sacrifice for my sins. He destroyed His enemies which means that He cleared a path for me to be able to live a certain way. He brought me closer to the Father. And He not only forgave my sins but He remembers them no more.
So all that Jesus has done for me challenges me to live my life to a higher standard than a family member that might not know Jesus, or a neighbor who is loss, or a co-worker who doesn’t have a spiritual bone in his/her body.
So let’s say the writer did his job, and now I am convinced that Jesus did some pretty incredible things for me; and now I am ready to live for Jesus like I should. What should that look like in my life? How do I know if I am doing what I should be doing?
And the writer of Hebrews begins to answer that for me in verse 19 of Chapter 10. He is going to tell us what living for Jesus really looks like.
Read Scriptures: Hebrews 10:19-22
I. If I am living for Jesus, I spend more time with Jesus than I do running from Him.
Hebrews 10:22 “let us draw near to God …”
We all know the name of the great Old Testament runner- Jonah. God wanted to bring him and the people of Nineveh near to Him and Jonah made the decision to run in the opposite direction of God.
In the New Testament we all know the rich young ruler who wanted to come to Jesus on his own terms and when Jesus rejected those terms, the rich young ruler walked away from God.
There may be some people in this room today that instead of drawing near to God they have pushed away from God. Maybe God have taken someone in your life that you did not want Him to take; maybe something happened in your life and you are angry at God for not stopping it. The end result is that you pushed away from God rather than drawing near to Him.
And then there are those who just ignore God. They believe that they can handle their problems on their own. They don’t want to bother God because He is so busy. They don’t think they need God’s help to make a decision, handle a mess, or clear a path for them. These people are just as guilty as running from God because Jesus wants all of us to draw near to Him.
II. If I am living for Jesus then I don’t flip flop between Jesus and the world.
Hebrews 10:22 “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart.”
Have you ever watched the way certain fish act when you catch them and put them in the boat or on the bank they do this, they just flip flop until soon there is no life left in them.
Well, Christians who flip flop are zapping the spiritual life out of themselves and soon they are going to look more like the world and less like a Christians. And people, the world is dead to the things of God!
So who are the flip floppers? Every church has some.
Well, they are the ones who have divided loyalties. God’s first if there is nothing else first this Sunday. God’s first unless it is something else that I want to do.
They are the hypocrites. Every church has them. They put on the good game Sunday morning but during the week they convert back to the ways of the world. You can’t tell them from the world.
They are the uncommitted. You can’t tie them down to anything. They can’t join a church because they need the freedom to fellowship with other believers of like mind. They can’t teach a Sunday School class because they might want to drink coffee on their patio Sunday morning rather than be at Sunday School much less teaching the class.
Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Those who understand what God has done for them; they are not the flip floppers. They have the true heart, they have a sincere heart.
III. If I am living for Jesus then the words: it can’t be done do not come out of my mouth because I believe that Jesus can do the impossible.