You are probably like me
I bet there’s a thousand questions you would love to ask Jesus.
I’ll tell you one Id love to ask Jesus, why did he save us?
Not how because we know how
We know how
By the way of the cross and resurrection
By grace through faith alone in Christ alone
Now I know
Jesus saved us because he loved us, so we could love him.And we love him because he first loved us.
But what did he save us for?
Listen to these words of Christ found in John. Chapter 10
. 9I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.
Now For sure this passage of scripture points out that Christ refers to himself as the singular way. He is the Gate.
Not one of the many Gates.
For there’s no other name by which we can be saved.
We celebrate that all who enter will be saved, because Jesus said in John 6:37 that all the father give him shall come to him and he will no wise caste them out.
Jesus saved us to live life to the full.
But my question is do we have this abundant life he spoke of in verse 10?
Do we have this life to the full? Does our cup runneth over?
Overflowing with our connection to the almighty God
Overflowing because we recognize the most creative power of the universe, has come to live inside us.
the original artist who paints his creation in beauty, and conducts nature in sight and sounds as a musical symphony.
He is the author of the story of life, the inventor of light and love, who owns the universe and wanted
To come to live inside of us.
So there’s a world full of his glory,
But even a universe of wonder and majesty that cannot define or quantify his glorious presence.
If we don’t have an abundant life who can we blame?
, dare we blame the thief after all we were warned by the word what his intentions were
To kill steal and destroy.
That only leaves Us and God and he has stated his purpose. He came to give us life to the full.
If we don’t have an abundant life, it is our fault
Those of us that belong to Jesus need to look a little harder at verse 9.
Its says that those who enters through Jesus will be saved.
And that one who is saved, he will come in and he will go out and find pasture.
Could it be we miss the pasture not because we we wouldn’tcome in but rather that we refuse to go out?”
We miss being fed the good stuff because we simply want to come in without having to go out.
We were never given an option.
Jesus saved us to go out.
Can I suggest to us that by coming in and going out Jesus doesn’t mean coming in the church singing three songs, throwing a twenty in the offering plate and that by going out to find pasture
he doesn’t mean racing out the church parking lot to see who can be first at Radd dews?
Jesus saved us to serve him
John 12 jesus
26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Each week churches across the country gather to praise God, learn the Bible, and a vase majority never find a place to serve him.
According to an article I read on the subject a whopping 75% of the church goers never do anything other than show up to church
Can we be honest?
When you see people struggling in their faith, more often than not they aren't serving anyone but themselves. That leads to misery
God created human beings with the need to be needed.
Intelligent life needs a purpose.
And God provides us a purpose
To serve him.
Even before the fall, God purposed Adam to serve him he was to work and keep the Garden. To name the animals, rule the animals
Work was never part of the curse.
It was the pain was added to work.
Adam was created in God’s image, to serve God, to work, for a purpose before he handed satan the world.
You know what the top recommended solution for loneliness and depression is ? According to psychology today. Keeping busy at meaningful task.
To do something that matters
Working is essential life unless you want to be miserable.
Now if you know God, then you know this life matters little compared to the next.
So for you to do something that matters means you might have to aim higher than others who don’t know him to be satisfied.
use the talents God give you to serve God
Most people want to do something big. Sing or preaching
Small things matter to God
Write a letter, visit someone,
Sometimes small things are really big things
Can you bake a cupcake?
Ginna cup cake $5000 this year.
The point is do something because it does you good to serve God
God created us to serve and when we don't we will be unsatisfied.
Jesus saved us for a purpose
There is a connection to our abundant life, to our going, our serving
Jesus’s parable of the gate is echoed by James when he said
Faith without works is dead
A church without works is a
They know the songs and verses but They never do anything....
here’s a video that reminds me of buzzard church.
Buzzard church committee.
Wants a lively scene....
Miserable bunch aren’t they?
Let’s do something!!!!
15If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what goodb is that? 17So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Its dead and christ died to save us to live abundantly,
A dead faith
Never went out to the pasture.
A dead faith
It doesn’t reveal a changed life to yourself or to the world.
Thats why 49% of people in this country don’t believe church is having a positive effect on society.
Jesus saved us to work .
The speech making is over
They need fighters now.
We need doers not just hearers
James tells us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.
We we need dynamic doers rather than dynamic speakers.
Christ gracefully reveals himself to most people through the collective efforts of his people.
We were predestined not only to our salvation but we were predestined to our good works.
Turn to Ephesians 2
8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We were saved by grace, by the workmanship of Jesus .
What were we created in Christ Jesus for ?good works
And we should walk in them....
Our walk as we call it
If it is truly with Jesus, won’t there be good works?
Works do not give us salvation but they are the result of salvation and the evidence of faith
Jesus saved us to glorify the father. John 15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
Matthew 5 Jesus tells us
14You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus told us to shine
Ought to be easy enough
We were made in the image of the inventor of light and he lives inside of those who belong to him,
We come to church to learn about a glorious God.
Who paul said
2 Corinthians 5:21
21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
If he loves us so much he traded our sin for his righteousness we ought to have a life overflowing.
We have a purpose to serve
A reason to work on shining to bring him glory.
Do you shine?
You know as an electrician i can tell you there’s only 2 reasons a a light won’t shine.
When a bulb blows there’s something inside that needs to be fixed. Jesus can fix that. He can fix whatever is wrong on the inside.
The other reason it won’t shine is it isn’t hooked to the power source? Jesus can fix that too.
Are you shining for Jesus ?
Are you shining to light the way for others to glorify God?
I hope so.
We can all stand to burn a little brighter. Can’t we?
We are going to sing, and lets worship Jesus in song.
If you hear him calling in the darkness,
come to Jesus and live
Come to jesus and shine!