Summary: Our faith is an expression of our Godly boast.
September 21, 2002
A minister, a boy scout, and a scientist were the only passengers on a small plane. The pilot came back to the cabin and explained that the plane was going down but there were only three parachutes and four people. The pilot then added, "I should have one of the parachutes because I have a wife and tree small children." So he took one and jumped.
The scientist jumped up almost immediately and said, "I should have one of the parachutes because I am the smartest man in the world and everyone needs me." So he took one and jumped.
The minister turned to the Boy Scout and with a sad smile said, as I am sure that all of you would, "You are young and I have lived a rich life, so you take the remaining parachute, and I’ll go down with the plane."
Then the Boy Scout said, "Relax, Reverend, the smartest man in the world just picked up my knapsack and jumped out!"
One man’s boast can be another man’s salvation.
If any man had room for boast the apostle Paul most certainly did. He could have boasted had he wanted for any number of reasons. Philippians 3:4 he states, "If anyone else thinks he has reason to boast, I have more." He was circumcised on the eighth day. He was born into the right family, the tribe of Benjamin. He was very faithful to his religion, as religious as they come. He keep all of the rules. But he counted all of that as worthless.
God want each of us to be a messengers of his love. This is the command of evangelism stated in a personal way. Part of the job description of every believer is that once we have been born again, we become messengers of the Good News to others. If we are personalizing the Bible message we must personalize the Great Commission that says "Go ye therefore, into all nations . . ." That means we must boldly go.
We need a confidence in the truth of the Gospel and the message of the God’s redeeming love. The Gospel must then be every believer’s boast.
I. The Believer’s Strength
Paul was not ashamed of the gospel because is the dynamic power unto salvation. For nothing short of the very power of God can make anyone a Christian. Not one of us can claim that power alone. Our salvation is not our own. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel because the gospel is the believer’s power.
Folks, if we are to have any power in our lives, it must first come from knowing personally the lord Jesus Christ. The man of God must have a personal faith. Would you buy a new Ford from a salesman if that salesman drives a Chevy? Without being born again someone who talks about God is like that salesman. They are powerless to speak with conviction. But even more if we doe not know God in Christ personally we not have the power Jesus promised to his disciples. Without being born again a man can only be bound by the conviction of guilt. For the believer’s might comes from knowing the grace and love of God.