MINISTRY or ME ISTRY

Gal 2:20-21

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. NKJV

We had a great time at Promise Keepers. There were so many things that did us a world of good that we heard and saw this weekend. I hope that I can bring back to you some of the experience.

In our passage today Paul makes a very strong statement. One that should apply to all Christians here today. Paul was not telling us that this is the way it is for the preacher but for all believers.

It is something that we all struggle with. The subjecting of our own selves to the will of God. The surrender of our will to His. It is not something that we do once for all. It is something we have to do each day.

Paul here describes the process as a crucifixion. It results in death, death of the old man. Death to the way we were before we became a follower of Jesus. Death to what the world tells us is the desirables of this world.

1 Cor 15:31 I die daily. NKJV

  1. Your life is either Ministry or Me inistry.
    1. Your philosophy of life is either it is all about me or it is all about God.
      1. If it is all about you, you will spend your life pursuing those things that are for you and will bring you pleasure.
      2. If it is about God then you have to die.
      3. Dying to self is not easy or presently satisfying.
      4. But along the way God rewards those who will put Him before themselves.
    2. Me instry makes the most sense if you do not consider God's claims on your life.
      1. Live for the day.
      2. Live for now.
      3. But in the end you will be sadly disappointed.
      4. Living for ones self may be presently great but it is like buying on credit. The bill will come due.
      5. But the sad thing to me is that many Christians have bought into this idea.
      6. They are in it for the now, what will make me happy today.
  2. Dying to one's self recognizes who is in charge, who ultimately owns it all.
    1. At best we are only stewards of our own lives.
    2. We can only manage all we have, we cannot take any of it with us.
    3. Trying to grasp and hang on to what this world offers is like trying to grab a cloud.
  3. Dying to one's self realizes what God has done for us.
    1. God loved us when we were unlovely.
      1. How great of a sinner were you.
      2. Just how lost were you.
      3. How far did God have to reach down to rescue you on a scale of 1 - 10
      4. Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. NKJV
      5. 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, NKJV
      6. 1 John 4: 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. NKJV
    2. On that scale of one to ten we were all tens. Unless you see that you will never have a ministry it will always be a me insitry because you do not believe that God really did that much for you or that you really didn't need it all that much.
    3. When we were helpless and condemned Jesus came and lifted us from the depths of despair and shame and has set us on a solid place.
    4. We have a short video that we are going to watch.

     

    1.  This message was preached at FBC Toulon,

      by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com