I met a guy last year who gave me quite a workout with a word picture.
He put a copper pipe in front of me. Then he asked me, “What is this?”
I said, “It’s a copper pipe.”
And he said, “Yes, it’s a copper pipe, but what is it?”
I said, “Okay. You have a faucet on the end of it and you have a red handle. I’m going to say that it’s a hot water pipe.”
“That’s right,” he said. “It’s a hot water pipe. “ “Okay,” I said.
But then he asked me, “Does it ever change?” Read more…
The Bible tells us, Judge not. Most of us try to believe we’re good at not judging, but the truth is, judging is a really natural thing to do.
This is how normal it is to judge. You hear somebody say, “Well, I don’t have a problem judging,” and you immediately want to say, “I doubt that.” Right? But that means you’ve just judged them! It’s that natural.
Sometimes our discipleship makes it even harder. You’re trying so hard to be a good Christian that it almost makes you more aware of your beliefs about other people. Because you’re so conscious of trying to be good, you might look at someone in your life and think, “Well, I’m good, and he’s not.” Read more…
You must confess that Jesus is Lord in order to be saved. I truly believe He died for you. There has to be an admission there, and it has to be real.
Think of the man who lives a good life, a decent life, and does the things that Jesus told His disciples to do, but this man doesn’t acknowledge Jesus as Savior. Would God look at him on the Day of Resurrection and say, “He loved me, he believed in me”? I don’t think so.
The Bible says you must make a confession with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). Good people are not saved in the absence of this confession. They may do good things, but the key to salvation is the acknowledgement and confession of who Jesus is.
But I also believe a lot of people say “Jesus is Lord” and they don’t mean it. Read more…
The resurrection is power, man. Resurrection power says, “I have conquered death. I have given eternal life.”
When Jesus resurrected, He said, “We’re family. Now you live in a family in which your sins have been taken from you. Now you live in a family in which death has been conquered. I have died for your sins, and I have resurrected, giving you new life.”
I am in the family of God because I believe in who He is and what He’s done for me. I’ve been justified. I’ve been justified because of the blood of Jesus and the faith that I have in what He did.
But I believe the lifestyle of Jesus is really where it’s at. I believe in living it out. Read more…
God is a jealous God. Your relationship with Him is your number one priority. It is! And if you’re truly striving to have a relationship with God, then there will be a change in you. You will become a better human being.
But I think Christians are sometimes like this:
“I’ve got to make sure I read my Bible today, and I’ve got to make sure I take communion, and I’ve got to memorize my memory verse. Hey! That person just cut me off! Eff you!”
Or worse, they see other people, right in front of them, and their attitude is, “Hey, man, I don’t care about that person.” Read more…
In the Old Testament, they loved God out of fear. That’s because frightening things kept happening. They were struck down by lightning or invaded by stronger armies. So their love was a fearful love.
But I think God said, “No, this needs to change. I’m going to change my relationship with my beloved children. I’m going to make a new covenant, and that will change our relationship. I will send my Son to pay the ultimate price, and then my children will be able to love me out of respect and gratitude.” Read more…
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)
It is the duty of every Christian man to replicate, to the very best of his abilities, everything that he sees Jesus do. John’s Gospel expresses it perfectly here. Just as Jesus does what He sees His Father do, so our children will do what they see us do. So what we do is really important. We are called to be just like Jesus.
Jesus did not judge us. He loved us. When He came, He stood up for a lot of different points of view. If He got angry with anybody, it was the Pharisees, because they were the religious leaders. They were like the presidents of our seminaries, or the pastors of our large churches. People looked to the Pharisees for moral wisdom and spiritual guidance. So Jesus said to them, “You’re embarrassing me! You’re embarrassing everything that we stand for! You are whitewashed tombs!”
But He never judged sinners. Ever. He didn’t judge them because He knew, 100%, that when He went up on that cross, He would be taking their shame. He knew it! He said to the prostitute who was about to be stoned, “Go on, I do not judge you. Stop doing what you’re doing, sure, but just go. You are forgiven.”
He was prophesying to her. He was saying, “Look, when I get nailed to that cross, and that blood starts dripping from my body, and I get whipped and beaten, I’m doing it for you. I love you, and this is why I’m doing this. I’m doing this because you feel shame over what you do. These people want to stone you? I’m going to die for you, because I love you.”
Think about the people that hated Jesus. They were the religious leaders. They looked at others and condemned them for their sins. They said, “This is not how it’s supposed to be done! You’ll have to pay!”
You see, love just didn’t make sense to them. To be like Jesus, they would have to become servants. They would have to change how they looked at everything. They would need to forgive sinners, be kind to them, serve them, and love them. But that isn’t how they looked at things. They could only imagine making sinners pay.
And Jesus said, “No, no, no, no, no! That’s not how it goes! I’m going to pay the price for it. I’m going to take all of this on. I’m going to die. My Father will turn his back on me because I am going to take all the sins of the world upon my shoulders. Why am I going to do this? Because I love the sinners. And when I resurrect from the dead, they will be redeemed. They won’t have to live in shame. They won’t have to live in guilt. They will live in freedom! And they’re going to want to change because of it.”
I think this is what Christian dads should try to give their families. More on that next time. See you Thursday.