Summary: I want you to know that the assurance you have is that Christ is your example. And as Christ as our example, you do have a calling from our Heavenly Father to be responsible for your brothers and sisters in love and in deed.
Opening: This evening I want us to do a little reflecting on what is taking place in our lives. Some of you may have found yourself adjusting to being in a church that is without a Pastor. This may be nothing new for some of you. Maybe some of you have been through this before.
I have found that the churches that are the sincere with their faith experience healthy growth. Many saints of God discover a stronger relationship with God as a result of being without a Pastor for a short time.
Many Christians who are timid, or not sure of their self, become strong Servants of God. God sometimes allows adversity in His church so that new believers will mature in their walk with Christ.
Situations like the one you are in today will let you know where you are with God. You will discover things like:
· Who you really are
· Where you have come from
· Where you are going with your faith
· What you want to do differently in being a Servant of God
· How you can improve the quality of your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
Being without a Pastor has made it so that some of you have had to rise to the occasion with talents you didn’t know you had.
I want you to know that the assurance you have is that Christ is your example. And as Christ as our example, you do have a calling from our Heavenly Father to be responsible for your brothers and sisters in love and in deed.
You will share in what is called the Servant Hood of Christ.
As we will find in God’s Word, (tonight) the responsibility of God’s people was, and actually still is, an important priority for His Son, Jesus Christ.
And this responsibility (for God’s people) must be our priority and calling.
Text: Phil 2:1 through 11
· Who are you?
Do you belong to God’s kingdom?
· Where have you come from?
Have you found your life becoming easier to live and enjoy?
Or, are you struggling harder than ever before with the frustrations and complexities of life?
· What will you do differently in being a Servant of God?
What will it take to make your life more fulfilling?
· How can you improve the your relationships?
With the God of this universe?
With your friends and relatives?
Some, or most of us may not be able to completely answer these questions of life.
Personally, I have always found the answers to life’s toughest questions to be found in the truth of God’s Word.
I sincerely mean that.
It is the life of Christ that has proven, time and again, to many how to live a better life in the here and now.
As many of you know, Jesus has provided for us the ultimate in quality of life (to come) in the glorious heavens that awaits us. And, I look forward to that day when we can be with Him for all eternity.
But, at the same time, I also believe that he would have us to live today (that is, every day) in the quality of this life.
We must remember – Christ was sent here to make life better for all of us.
That is, He gave His life for each of us.
My friend, the Bible tells us that Jesus died so that you would have life, and have it more abundantly!
We have much to learn from the life of Christ. When we look closely at His life, we can see that Christ made Himself responsible for you and I.
In that He humbled Himself from His heavenly glory, came down to earth, and took on the flesh and blood of mankind.
Certainly Christ is everything. He is the purest example we have of being responsible.
Consider the miracle that took place in Bethlehem (that Christmas morning). This should have been enough to convince you and I of His love for us.
We should also know that in His death and resurrection He was glorified even greater.
But wait there’s even more! In the life He lived (in the form of a mere man) we can see how Christ demonstrated an enormous responsibility for the:
· People living in His day – it didn’t matter to Jesus whether you were among the desperate and among the disciples; He loved and accepted you
· People who would be of the ages to come (present day) – whether they would receive Him, or whether they would reject Him (as their Savior)
· People who lived and died before He came to this earth – the saints of the Old Testament were ministered to when Christ, Himself, descended into Hades
No greater love has ever been demonstrated to anyone, at anytime, in all of history. No one could ever measure up to that level of love and responsibility for any one.