Summary: If you have heard the news this week you probally have heard how Chick Fil A has comeunder attack after their leadership stated his view and the company stand on "Same sex marriage". This message speaks of how Jesus calls us to be stand up Christians, hon
Matthew 5:1-16 (Attitudes) focus on verse 6 “Chick Fil a Christianity”
INTRO – If you’ve been watching news this week you know Chick fil a President, Dan Cathy was interviewed and said He and Chick Fila a supported Gods view of Marriage 1 man/women- He Said he prayed for God’s mercy on our country as our Country may fall under the judgment of God for allowing gay marriage. Here is a public company leader to be admired for taking a stand for very principles in which our country was founded. Now the politicians have been all over it. Refusing to give permits to build new restaurants. Seems free speech applies to everyone except Christian’s – Its never been easy to stand for Jesus – In my estimation it’s gonna get harder. Jesus knew that. Here’s what was going on, people were flocking to Jesus They saw miracles. Heard stories and wondered “wow, what can this guy do for me?”. So as He looks at crowd, stops them and says “its time to talk”. “If you’re gonna follow me then there are some things you need to know. Its not gonna be easy. Theres Gonna be some difficult choices to make”- In that conversation He shares what it Takes to take your stand with Him…..
READ - Jesus uses word“ blessed” = (happy/cheerful/joyful) – In other words He is saying that happiness/completeness your looking for; Here’s how to achieve it; Cheerful are you when you have;
1) CRAVING TO HONOR GOD
a) IT IS A DESPERATE CRAVING– “hunger and thirst”
b) IT IS A CONTINUAL CRAVING - No matter how much you feed on God today, you’re going to need more of Him tomorrow- And next day – Jesus said “pick your cross and follow me….daily”- Not called to stand once but stand daily……….
ILL- From what I have seen of Chick Fila, they are led by folks who have a stronger craving than making buck/making politicians happy or even making chicken. They crave to make God honored. CAN THAT BE SAID OF OUR CHURCH/FAMILIES/PEOPLE/YOU?
2) COMMITMENT TO HONOR GOD – ILL- Prob. know CF Closed on Sunday. Every other Fast food resturant is open but not them…Why? To Honor God/others (employees) that = Commitment. What are you committed to? What type of commitment are we to have?
a) A CONSUMING COMITMENT = “Righteousness”
b) A COMPLETED COMMITMENT–That inward feeding makes a complete circle when it makes an outward difference…….
ILL- When go chick fil a your going for one thing. They don’t sale burgers/steaks. They are committed to one thing and doing it well. Chicken. But they are led by folks who also use that same philosophy in how they run the business – They’re gonna do chicken well but they're gonna do it while honoring God, and do in order to honor God. Likewise if you dig ditches you need find way dig for Jesus. YOUR COMMITMENT IS COMPLETE WHEN FIND A WAY TO DO ALL YOU DO; WHATEVER YOU DO; FOR ONE WHO MADE YOU. DO YOU CRAVE FOR GOD’S WORD AND HIS PROMISES TO LIVE THROUGH YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU COMMITTED TO RIGHTOUSNESS?