Summary: Living the real christian life is tough and thus requires the proper motivation to stay true: the cost, consequences, and character of salvation.
WHY I SHOULD LIVE AS A CHRISTIAN
Tonight I want to focus on one question. I used to think it was simple, until could never find an answer. I eventually decided that when I became a wise and all knowing senior pastor, I would discover the answer. Now that I’m a senior pastor, I still haven’t discovered the answer yet. Please don’t tell me its because I’m not wise and all-knowing
Why won’t people live the christian life actually described in scripture? I mean we tell folks that it is wonderful – the abundant life. God spells out clearly for us how to live it. Why won’t actually people live it?
In grappling with this question, I’ve discovered 2 principles of ministry that help. 1) Developing spiritual habits develops spiritual character.
Read Hebrews 12:1 – 2 and see how the bible teaches this principle.
Well, then why not do this? Why don’t people do this in their lives? The second principle: 2) The effort must be motivated by the correct “why.” So many times folks know What to do but don’t do it. This means they are struggling over the why.
Why not set aside sin which entangles into such messes, destroys our families, get us into debt and then financial ruin, etc? Because people think
• well I’m ok right now
• what I’d have to give up is pleasing to me
• what if I fail
• why work that hard, I’m doing better than him/her over there
Tonight I want to give you three solid, Biblical reasons why you should truly live the Christian life. Not just talk about it or fake it, but live it and live it in earnest.
I. THE CROSS
II. THE CONSEQUENCES
III. THE CHARACTER
Read: Hebrews 12: 3 – 11
I. THE CROSS
“Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, …” verse 3.
The Bible is clearly telling us that in evaluating whether we will follow the command to “run the race” that we should consider what it cost Jesus to give us the privilege to “run the race.” If we used Jesus’ sacrifice as a determining factor in our decisions then we would live life much differently. This is why it specifically states “consider Him.”
In “church speak” we have created a cliché which I believe is unfortunate. Preachers often tell folks to “count the cost.” In that we mean, do an evaluation of what it will cost you to give up things you should give up, etc. That is a valid consideration and you do not become a Christian lightly but soberly and knowingly. However, there is a much greater question. It reveals our best Biblical motivation. The real question is not what it will cost me, but what my sin cost Jesus.
When was the last time you actually sat down and considered the cross? Even more important is the question being asked here – When was the last time you were obedient to “consider Him who endured such hostility”? In the midst of a choice, in the midst of struggling with a recurring temptation, in the midst of an invitation time when Pastor has preached and God has spoken to you and told you clearly to commit to join the church or a ministry – Did you think of what it cost Christ on the cross?