Summary: To encourage believers to walk in ther role to uplift and encourage others. To be there for them. To stand in the gap. To carry others burdens. To be as Christ, everything to everybody as best we can.
"Hardware Store Christian"
- I Cor. 9:14, 19-22 -
Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some.
Jesus was and is and will always be amazing to me. I know, your saying, "no kidding", he is God you know. I know that. But he came in human form, with a human nature, living among folk just like you and I. To be tempted like us to show us we could make it, on and on. But among the many many qualities he possessed that I’m impressed the most was that he was all things to all people.
He was a friend to all, he held his nose up at no one, he smiled no doubt at every one. He made time for all, listening intently to their conversation. It appears the only enemies he had and still has is the envious and religious...ouch.. But it’s true, they are the very ones who nailed him to the ole rugged cross.
He wants to be so involved in our lives, so we can be the best we can be for him. Not run over and run down by the devil. But people who can impact his world with his love. My how he poured himself into his (12) disciples. Day after day training them through and by his word. And you know their impact and legacy, they turned the world upside down in the first century with the life giving, life changing gospel.
Just look how he took time to be with the kids. It not only blessed them, but their parents and friends noticed. Remember the feeding of the 5,000 and then the 3,000. He wouldn’t send them away until they had their bellies full.
To the sick he was their healer, to the dead he was their life giver. To the demon possessed he was their deliverer. The storm stopper, the peace maker, the mediator of mankind, to the stressed he was their comforter. And to the lost world of sinners he is our savior. He is just everything to me how about you??? And friend he hasn’t changed in 2,000 years or for that matter all of eternity. He still saves, heals, delivers and sets free.
So why the crazy title of this message, "Hardware Store Christian"??? Well, it’s like this, where do you go when you know the place has everything you need??? The local hardware store...you want it, they got it. Jesus is kind of like that analogy. You want it, or you need it...he’s got it...amen. Healing is what you need...got it. Deliverance from an addiction...got it. Healing for you affliction or disease...got it. Like the old song goes, "He’s All I Need, Jesus Is All I Need".
If you look the message title it doesn’t say "Hardware Store Jesus", Is says, "Hardware Store Christian". The point of the story is that we are to be like Jesus concerning this great attribute of his, we are to be all things to all people. I didn’t lose you did I??? Until he returns we got to get the job done for him, getting folks saved, healed, delivered, and the like. We are to be about the fathers business isn’t that right...I thought so!!! So by the Lord working through us, not in our own strength (we wouldn’t last two seconds) we can be all he wants us to be, all things to all people. With the power and the authority given to us through and by the mighty name of Jesus nothing, I said nothing should go undone or unaccomplished.