Summary: Part 3 and final of the series "God's Expiry Date" learn how to get rid of anger
Has God passed His own expiry date? Is religion just for weak people? Is civilization passed the time for us to believe in God? Today we will learn about secularism. What it means to be a Godly person in a secular world.
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Start by extending a construction measuring tape and compare the length to years. Have go to 90 years and then press the safety pin to roll it back. One day your life will roll backwards before your eyes and you will understand how small you are. We try to ignore death and our prejudice about God and religion may hinder us to pass to the next level of existence. You cannot cheat death. One day just like the measuring tape rolled quickly to the inside you will see a flashback of events that marked your existence and things will finally make sense.
This passage of Scripture clearly indicates that God reveals things to the "mature". I believe is not speaking of age but of spiritual maturity. You can only be mature in something that you experienced. As we come to Church this morning we have people here with different levels of Spiritual growth. Some are mature and some are not.
Modern philosophy tries to deny the very existence of God. Millions of people rely on experimentation and since they have never experienced God it is impossible for them to understand that we are really small and that God is immense. I was able to experience God because of near-death experience. God used this moment of my existence to reveal Himself to me in a personal and intimate way. When I resurrected from my brief passage to the other side I realized that I am just small, tiny like a grain of sand in the ocean but that inspire of that God cared for me enough to give me attention. His love is beyond comprehension.
How can we find God? The answer is easy! You just need to receive Him
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
This said I want to tell you two easy things we have to do in order to receive God. Just give some attention to this message because it can radically change your life. God is real and he will reveal himself to all who receive him.
Let me just give you the translation of the word "receive". The original greek word "paralambanō"; means ; to receive near, i.e. associate with oneself (in any familiar or intimate act or relation); by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn: — receive, take (unto, with).
To receive Jesus doesn't mean that you are joining a church, a religion or a doctrine. To receive him means that you decide to voluntarily associate, become familiar and learn from Jesus Christ Himself. In order to do so let me give you two very simple steps in that direction.