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.
Acts 4:5-14 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; (6) and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest. (7) And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, By what power, or in what name, have ye done this? (8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders, (9) if we this day are examined concerning a good deed done to an impotent man, by what means this man is made whole; (10) be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even in him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) He is the stone which was set at nought of you the builders, which was made the head of the corner. (12) And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved. (13) Now when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. (14) And seeing the man that was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.