James 4:14, “…For What is Your Life?…”
Let us consider this question.
There are questions in the Bible that God asks everyone of us.
“Where Art Thou” as in the case of Adam
“What is this that thou hast done?” asking Eve.
“What is that in thine hand?” towards Moses
“What doest thou here,” Elijah…God asked him twice. Once in the cave, and once at the mouth of the cave.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?
This is a question that cannot be asked collectively, it MUST be asked individually.
Notice it does NOT ask,
“What is Life”, because if it did, nobody has an answer.
“What is our life” because we would fill our libraries trying to fool everyone with out intellect.
It asks, “What is Your Life”
and it replies that it is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time
And you hear people say “well life isn’t just. Life isn’t fair.”
One man says life is a feast then the other man says life is a fast, or famine.
One man says life is a paradise, and another man says life is a prison.
See the question here is very personal, and maybe it’s very personal, and then when it’s personal, maybe it’s very painful.
Then you could answer the question WHAT IS YOUR LIFE.
You say, “it’s a failure”
What is your life, “a success”
What is your life, “it is a disappointment”
But actually, it is very strange to us by the very context that life is like a vapour…it is like the steam that comes off the kettle and you try and get a handful of it and it’s gone.
And in every case in the word of God where life is referred to that is in physical life, it’s likened unto something that is very swift …for instance “like a Weaver’s Shuttle”.
It’s likened to”a portable tabernacle that men wrap up and move on in the night.”
Isaiah likens our lives to the grass of the field which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven
But the whole thing is about life. EVERY kind of life., and supremely about ETERNAL life
And there’s one thing that life does wherever it goes…LIFE BEGETS LIFE.
Yes! When Paul said,Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
If I ask you tonight if your’re SAVED, you would say “yes”.
If I say, “when”, you say when so in so preached and I got baptized.
I ask you what are you SAVED from?
Are you saved from …Hell?
Are you saved from Bitterness?
Are you saved from Lust?
Are you saved from cheating?
Are you saved from lying?
Are you saved from bad manners?
Are you saved from rebelling against parents?
COME ON, WHAT ARE YOU SAVED FROM?
What if I told you 90 percent of the people in the nation are not saved…they claim to be. I don’t know friends how to put a percentage on it. But, people claim to be SAVED, and they are STILL engaged in sins of the past present and even future! I am asking what are you SAVED from.
“well, I went to an altar and confessed my sin”
FINE, FINE. “That’s what the preacher said? You confess your sins and you confess them.: Did you know that they did that in every Roman Catholic Church in the country last Sunday?
A man needs more than forgiven, he needs cleansing…he needs more than cleansing, he needs indwelling…he needs more than indwelling, he needs “in-doing!”
I’m not asking you tonight if one night you knelt down and made confession..and after that your life was no different, your lifestyle was no different, your appetite was no different, your prayer life was no different, COME ON!
Supposedly you changed your language. Paul said CHRIST IN YOU
If I were to take some time and go around the room and ask hey stand up and tell us dear brother/sister “Does Christ dwell in you?”
You would say, “YES, He lives in me and rules my life. He controls me. He pulls me back, when I would go too quickly. He urges me on when I would hesitate.
If I say “most people are half saved”, would you know what I mean?
I mean, you go to the cross
But, you never get ON the cross
You go and get your sins forgiven and feel happy, and you go and do the same lousy thing the next day, COME ON, what kind of a Salvation is that?
Is it offensive to people to say, “Listen, you may be a GENIUS, You are a colossal delight. If you fall out of the bed in the morning, you invent something instantaneously!
BUT, RIGHT WHERE YOU STAND,YOU ARE DEAD! Because you have no living relationship with God.
Now there are two kinds of people in the world and only two kinds.
There are those who are DEAD IN SIN
And there are those who are DEAD TO SIN
See the beauty of the New Birth is that when he gets this life, he doesn’t want the old life.
Oh, I don’t think there is anyone here that is better than Paul.
In the letter to the Colosse, he winds the letter up with:
Colossians 3:1, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
Some might be unsure…I don’t really know if I am SAVED or not. Let me ask…What if you had a 100 pound sack on your back. You were struggling to walk up a hill and someone came along and took it off of you. When you got to the top, and someone asks “Hey, did you loose a 100 pound sack?”, would you reply, “Well, I don’t really know?”
Of course you would know! The New Birth is such a miracle that Jesus said it this way…
That we are dead in trespasses and sins.
Then He brings us to LIFE!
So, now we love the things we used to not like, and we hate the things that we used to love.
Seriously, some would say, :
My life is my family.
My life is my Children, or Grandchildren.
It’s been said, “his life is racing”. Or “basketball is his life”
There is even a game called LIFE….a cereal called LIFE
Set your affection on things up above! For nothing underneath Heaven is for us, for we are dead and our life is hid with Christ in God!
Anything more wonderful than that?
Here is your life…In Christ and hid in God.
What are you going to do…sneak out and drink a bit of the world’s junk?
Do you know why you need entertainment? You only need entertainment when you have lost the joy of The Lord.
You’re dead and your life is hid with Christ …now He says if you are risen with Him (THAT DEALS WITH THE PAST)
You’re dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Not when I die, but even now on this earth. I bid the world goodbye, not tearfully, but cheerfully. With all of it’s pleasures, it’s pomp and it’s pride.
And Paul says listen I got branded there!
Galatians 6:17, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”
He was branded at the base of his skull because all of his thinking is in Christ now .Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
Paul didn’t attend the games at the coliseums. His hands and feet worked for Christ. You think he was sad doing this?
“I THINK MYSELF HAPPY!” famous quote while testifying.
Are you a Sunday Christian only? What about every waking moment of your every day life?
Has He got your thinking?
Has He got your singing?
Paul said he identifies the world as corrupt, and vile, and depressing. Is the world crucified to you tonight?
AW Tozer used to say, “You knew one thing about a man who was carrying a cross out of the city. You knew he wasn’t coming back”
So we come to an altar and go out and when we come back, we haven’t spent half an hour with Jesus, but, we have sat through 2 stinking hours of a Netflix movie!
The Past, we are risen with Christ
The Present we are dead, but, listen to the future
The Future, Colossians 3:4, “When Christ, who is our life,…”
LIFE = LIVING IN FOCUS OF ETERNITY!
John said, 1 John 5:12, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
You can reform your life. You can give up your drugs, and rotten sex life, without the help of God. There are all kinds of people who have made better choices for themselves and have come out alright as far as in this life…all done without Christ. THAT’S ON THE SOCIAL LEVEL!
But they never made it upward to God, and have a living relationship with God.
If Christ has been born in me He wants to live in me, He wants to talk in me, He wants to walk in me, He wants to work through me.
It’s not a struggle that I’m trying to live a Christian Life.
I have LIFE LIFE LIFE!
Look, if you haven’t got a hold of this, get a hold of it now.
You can’t impress God.
If I am going to live, I’m going to eat
If I am going to live, I’m going to eat this word because Jesus said, “I am The Bread of Life” (can’t live by bread alone)
He said, “I am The Water of Life” (essential, cannot live w/o)
He said, “I am The Light of Life”
I came that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly
I hear people coming out of church. “oh, wasn’t that good. We were really challenged”
the question is not were you challenged, the question is were you changed?
2 Corinthians 5:17 NEW CREATURE!!!
NEW EVERYTHING. THINKGS THAT THIS WORLD CANNOT SATISFY ANY LONGER.
What is your verse?
Romans 6:6, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
7,”For he that is dead is freed from sin.”
An experience with God that costs nothing, does nothing, and is worth nothing.
Are you not tired of status quo?
Are you not tired of flat line Christianity?
God wants some men who are intoxicated with the spirit of God.
God is looking for some men with guts not sissies.
Some men who are pushing toward the mark of the HIGH CALLING OF God!
That world out there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity, they are waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity