Summary: If Only We Would Be What We Are!
1 John 4:17-as He is, so are we in this world.
Not as He was, there was only few statements ever said that Jesus was…He was crucified He was dead…But the angel said, “He is not here, He is risen!”
I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
I am the light of the world. (John 8:12)
I am the door (John 10:9)
I am the good shepherd. (John 10:11)
I am the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)
I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
I am the true vine (John 15:1)
It doesn’t say, “We will be!” It doesn’t say, “We might be!” It doesn’t say, “We shall be!”
It says, “We Are!”
Maybe you don’t see a family resemblance, maybe your just looking at church members?
In Church to many times we are putting on a performance, instead of having a experience!
If Only We Would Be What We Are!
What are we? We are Victor’s We are conquers! We are fishers of men!
We are the salt!…If we are salt, why is there so many unsavory people in this world?
We are the light!…If we are the light, then why is the world so dark?
In This World-Not just in Church but in this old evil world, this old Sodom and Gomorrah we wake up to.
A Christian nurse was working along side a doctor and they had a chance to talk, the doctor said, “Do you believe everybody that’s not saved (As you call it) is going to Hell?”
She said, “Yes.” Then he stared at the floor and said, “Then you cannot live like the rest of us live!”
You don’t have to carry a big bible around so people will know your Christian…Just be one!
Trust me the word will get around!!
A summary of what Jesus said in John 17-You been saved out the world, your still in the world, but your not of the world, you been saved out the world, to go right back into the world, to win people out this world, that is the only business you have in this world!
Some Korean people at night church service, after the service was dismiss, they just sit there and the preacher said, “Go home and get some rest.” They responded, “How can we go, you told us that God so loved the world sent His Son, and if we believe on Him we will have eternal life, who can sleep after hearing that!”
I am afraid we go to sleep hearing and go to sleep telling it!
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true….People sing that, but it’s not true enough to them get back to church on Sunday night!
It’s shame and reproach gladly bear….What is the reproach of the cross?
Up from the grave He arose….People don’t have enough will power or any other kind of power to get them out of bed to make it to church!
It’s the trouble you have, that you wouldn’t have, if you weren’t a Christian!
A flock of wild ducks were flying in formation, heading south for the winter.
One day, Wally, one of the wild ducks in the formation, spotted something on the ground that caught his eye. It was a barnyard with a flock of tame ducks who lived on the farm. They were waddling around on the ground, quacking merrily and eating corn that was thrown on the ground for them every day. Wally liked what he saw. "It sure would be nice to have some of that corn," he thought to himself.
So after thinking it over a while, Wally left the formation of wild ducks, made a sharp dive to the left, and headed for the barnyard. He landed among the tame ducks, and began to waddle around and quack merrily. He also started eating corn. The formation of wild ducks continued their journey South, but Wally didn't care. "I'll rejoin them when they come back North in a few months, he said to himself.
Several months went by and sure enough, Wally looked up and spotted the flock of wild ducks in formation, heading north. They looked beautiful up there. And Wally was tired of the barnyard. It was muddy and everywhere he waddled, nothing but duck doo. "It's time to leave," said Wally.
So Wally flapped his wings furiously and tried to get airborne. But he had gained some weight from all his corn-eating, and he hadn't exercised his wings much either. He finally got off the ground, but he was flying too low and slammed into the side of the barn. He fell to the ground with a thud and said to himself, "Oh, well, I'll just wait until they fly south in a few months. Then I'll rejoin them and become a wild duck again."