Oh yeah. I had a pretty amazing day yesterday. School went very well and so did church.I thought someone else was going to bring the message last night and that fell through so I was up with little preparation. I got together the message I had planned for NEXT week and was set to go. Then God spoke. He laid it heavy on my heart that the students there needed to hear something else. I was freaked because I like to stick to my schedule and God literally said, "Toss what you have. I have other business to take care of tonight". So I did. During the worship time God just gave me a series of verses that themed together said "You Need To Embrace Who You Are In Christ". I took the platform and let God do the speaking. It was a surreal experience for me. It may not have been as polished as I would have liked, but God DID have something else to say. Here is a brief outline:
I. God Chose You
"God demonstrated His own love for us in this, while were were still sinners Christ died for us". -Romans 5:8
God chose to send Christ here. He chose to die for you even before you knew you needed Him. He saw something amazing about you, just the way you are that made Him chose to come to earth and die for you.
II. Jesus (God's gift to us) Purchased You
"You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men." 1 Corinthians 7:23
This passage comes in a discussion of marriage. This is a great picture of Christ and the church. Christ chose you like a groom chooses the perfect bride. Then He paid the ultimate price for you. Again, He saw something special about you that was worth giving up everything for you.
III. Jesus Sees Something In You That The World Can't See
"But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
That God who chose you and purchased you with an ultimate price, sees in you something the world can't see. He looks at the heart of who you are and he looked there and said, "this person is worthy of my love --- worthy not because of anything more than they are one whom I have created in my own image".
"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake." 1 Peter 1:18-20
Seeing something in you that the world can't see, Christ knew that you could only be bought with something the world couldn't afford. More than gold or silver, God offered His life to redeem you. Dying for someone is hard for me to imagine but God thought you were so special he would give Himself up for you. The world cannot purchase what it cannot see.
IV. God Is With You For The Long Haul
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus". Philippians 1:6
The moment you asked Christ into your life God began a work in you that is unique and special to who you are. The same God that chose to come and die for you, to purchase you with the greatest price because He sees in you something the world can't, has started something amazing in your life and he is going to stick it out with you. You see he loves you the way you are but he loves you too much to leave you that way. He has a special plan for you and he will make it happen all the way to completion. Why?
"The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:26-27
The reason he is in this for the long haul is that he does see in you an amazing thing --- Christ in you, the hope of glory. That is the most amazing thing in the world. He wants us to take that Christ in us and show the hope of glory to the world. We need to work until God is done. In you is the hope of the world and he wants you to show that hope to a world where there is seems to be none. You are totally incredible in his eyes.
Chosen. Purchased. Different. Not Alone. Glorified.
It is amazing that God literally put that together in like 12 minutes. He is amazing!
I feel good!