Summary: People can tell from our appearance, our attitude, and our associations whether or not we have been with Jesus. Can we really be looked at as chips off the old rock?
Chip Off the Old Rock
They Had Been with Jesus
This Thursday night Dr. David Jeremiah will be in town to give a talk on his new book Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World: What on Earth Should We Do? Part of what he will be talking about is how to live in the times that we’re living in. Now I don’t know exactly what he’ll be speaking on, but this morning I came up with kind of my own solution to his question and that is just simply to be more like Jesus. That’s how we can live confidently in a chaotic world.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. (2) And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We’re not called to be like this world. We’re called to be different, to be like Christ. Your lifestyle is your most powerful message. John MacArthur
When a boy grows up to be pretty much like his dad, it’s said that, “He’s a chip off the old block.” He’s so much like his father it’s like a piece of dad just fell right off and there’s junior. So how does one become a chip off the old block? It’s not just a physical thing. When someone is considered to be a chip off the old block their actions, mannerisms, and thoughts are just like the original. And it comes from spending time with dad to learn all these actions and such.
Have you ever been called a chip off the old block? Has anything about your life mirrored that of someone else’s? Well, when we become Christians we’re called to spend time with Christ, and to mirror His life. And in time hopefully we can be looked at as a chip off the old rock!
Acts 3:1-10 Now Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man that was lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; (3) who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. (4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him, with John, said, Look on us. (5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them. (6) But Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but what I have, that give I thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. (7) And he took him by the right hand, and raised him up: and immediately his feet and his ankle-bones received strength. (8) And leaping up, he stood, and began to walk; and he entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (10) and they took knowledge of him, that it was he that sat for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.