The Life Worth Living for Christ is a Life Worth Losing
January 4, 2014 1 Comment
This is the seventh post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here.
Speaker: Matt Chandler Key text: Philippians 1:21
Any loss we experience on earth will be viewed as insignificant when we reach our eternal home.
Paul is an example of a violent opponent of the gospel who was made into one of its greatest proponents (Acts 7-8). Paul wasn’t a seeker, but God didn’t care. He wanted him to be His (Galatians 1:15-16). Paul is proof that there is no one beyond God’s saving mercy.
When it comes to missions, we don’t have to go; we get to go. Missionaries are extraordinarily ordinary people. They don’t have any superpowers and they aren’t holier than other Christians.
It brings God pleasure to reveal Himself to us and save us. When God saves you, he doesn’t do it because you gave Him permission to do so. He did it because He’s God.
Every minute we are being tempted to live for things other than Christ. Paul had seen that all the things that the world has to offer (both good and bad) are rubbish compared to Christ (Philippians 3:3-11). We won’t live as Christ until we see His all-surpassing greatness and value over everything else in the world.
Jesus doesn’t need a makeover: He’s the Alpha and Omega. He doesn’t need to be cool. “To live as Christ” means we have seen the surpassing greatness of Jesus over all things. Other things are given or withheld to increase our satisfaction and worship in Christ.
The god of our age is comfort. The way to fullness of life is to see that to die is gain (2 Corinthians 5:8). If Jesus is our ultimate treasure, then to depart from this life with its limitations truly is gain (Revelation 6:9-11). Until Christ is our treasure, any motivation to head out on mission is a false errand doomed to fail. In 10,000 years, you won’t regret anything you didn’t have or do in this life. We mustn’t use Jesus as a means to get what we want; we must want Jesus.
The Christian’s victory is sure because it has been secured.
Learn It. Love It. Live It.