Have you adopted your own faith? We must resist the urge to sub-contract our faith. Nothing can be more discouraging to others than when they see you participating halfheartedly. See Revelation 2.1-7. Today we will look at some reasons why we can’t sub-contract our faith.
I. We cannot be indifferent to God.
- Are we paying attention to the opportunities to grow? Be together? Reach others? Encourage Others?
- Hebrews 12.29 – in truth,…God is a consuming fire. He is real!
- Exodus 19.16-19; 20.18-19 – How did Israel react to God’s presence on Mt. Sinai?
- Hebrews 12.18-29 – Christians have come to Mt. Zion. Note the comparison.
- 12.26-27 – A shaking is coming.
- Are you building your spiritual house with things that will endure?
- See esp. 12.28-29 – God must be respected!
- Luke 8.18 – Take heed HOW you hear! See Isaiah 66.2b; Hebrews 2.1-4.
II. We cannot accommodate God to ourselves.
- How are you doing with the temptation to “adjust” God or “fit” God to yourself?
- Mark 8.34-38 – Will we remember the principles here?
- We need to let God be God and let ourselves be His creatures!
III. We cannot compartmentalize God.
- The commitment we make to God is to be all-encompassing.
- Sometimes…when we see what obedience is going to mean – we try to confine God to one compartment of life and keep the other part to self.
- This thinking is flawed and leads to disaster.
- We cannot put God in some box of our own making.
- 2 Corinthians 8.5; Colossians 3.17.
- To be near God with words – but far from Him in our hearts is to be in a dire condition!
- Luke 9.57-62 – Jesus rejected those who only wanted a superficial attachment to Him.
- You can’t sub-contract your faith.
- It takes an utterly serious, diligent approach to the matter of going to heaven! 1 Peter 1.13-17; 2 Timothy 2.15.
- Have you left your first love? i.e., Revelation 2.1-7
- May we radically respect God. May we be a source of inspiration for those around us.