Living like a masterpiece…not a cheap piece of art

Masterpiece.

Work of art.

Something of great value…priceless.

You…are God’s masterpiece.

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Just think about that for a second…

God created you on purpose and for a purpose.

He had a plan for you when He made you and He has a plan for you now.

So, what’s the plan?

And, what’s my purpose?

Don’t we all want to know what God’s will is for our lives?

What have you created us for, God?

You know what He says to that question?

I want you to live like you’re alive…

I want you to stop playing dead with me by going back and following the crowd.

I want you to stop listening to Satan’s lies about who you are and do the good works that I’ve already given you the ability to do.

I want you to stop trying to earn my love and accept my love as a gift.

I want you to stop trying to make yourself feel good with stuff that won’t last forever and let me give you everything your heart desires.

I want you to stop thinking that you’re nothing.

I want you to stop thinking that you’re better than the spiritually dead person who you’re having a hard time with right now.

I want you to stop trying to save yourself by being “good”…you can’t.

I want you to show the people around you that you’re alive and not just say it.

I want you to love others the same way that I love you.

I want you to give mercy to those who don’t deserve it.

I want you to give grace to those who can’t or won’t give it back.

I want you to be faithful even when it’s hard.

I want you to treat others with kindness even when they don’t treat you that way.

I want you to be a gift to others with your time and the gifts I’ve given you.

I want you to show others that I’m alive with your life.

I want you to be My masterpiece.

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Question is…are you living like a masterpiece, or just a cheap piece of art?

 

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.  But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life…(and) saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  (Ephesians 2)  (NLT)

 

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Is your faith useless?

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Useless.

Not exactly a word that anyone wants to be connected to.

The word useless inspires nothing.

We throw useless away.

We put useless on the bottom of the pile.

We avoid useless at all costs.

We don’t have time for useless.

So, you would think that making sure the ONE THING in your life that you can’t afford to be useless is actually useful, right?

Is your faith useless…or is it useful?

I guess it depends on what you believe.  Is it true?  How do you know it’s true?

Believing in something doesn’t automatically make it true (or believable)…

But, let’s say that what you believe is true.

Are you willing to live (and die) for that belief?  Does your belief even matter?

Will your faith save you?

Does your faith inspire you to live everyday for the One who created you, died for you, and then beat death…all for you?

Or is your faith a useless waste of time…

Jesus lived, died, and then lived again so that faith in God wouldn’t be useless. 

No other prophet or religious leader has done (or will do) that…not Mohammed, not Buddha, not Gandhi, not the guy with the Kool-Aid…no one.

The only faith that is not useless is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Don’t believe me?

Take a look at what one guy who saw the risen Jesus had to say…

“3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.”  (I Corinthians 15:3-8)  (NLT)

And, if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. 18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.  20 But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead.”  (I Corinthians 15:17-20)  (NLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is God strong enough to save you?

Let me set up a scene for you…

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You are walking on a narrow trail near the top of a cliff.  It’s a high cliff…high enough that it’s difficult to see the bottom.  High enough that what you are doing is dangerous and you are risking your life with every step you take.

So, you’re walking along this trail, and you happen to trip over a rock in the ground.  And, you start falling over the cliff…

Fortunately, you weren’t walking alone.

In fact, in this scene, God is walking with you.  And, He reaches out and grabs your hand as you begin to fall.  Now, you’re hanging over a cliff with nothing between you and certain death except for God’s grip on your hand.

The question is…who is saving who at this point?

Are you saving yourself by holding onto God’s hand, or is He saving you by holding onto your hand?

(You could make the argument that it’s a little bit of both, and I’d be okay with that).

But really, do you think you’d be strong enough to save yourself?

Would you have any assurance or hope or confidence in yourself that you wouldn’t let go at some point?

Maybe it’s just me, but if it was up to me to hold on, I’d let go every time.

I’d give up.

I’d get tired…or frustrated…or lose focus.

So, I guess the next question is…is God strong enough to save you?

Will He ever let go of your hand?

Will He ever get tired or frustrated or lose focus?

The answer is no.

God will never let you go.

If you are trusting God to save you, He will save you.

If you are trusting yourself to save you, you will fall.

Who are you trusting to save you today?

 

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.  (John 10:27-29) (NLT)

 

Truth is…

Just when I thought the narcissistic game on Facebook had finally ended, there it was again…

You know what game I’m talking about.  The one that starts with the words “Truth is…”

I suppose the game keeps on going because anyone who plays the game can make up whatever “truth” they want to.

And, the crazy thing is, people actually believe it…

It doesn’t matter if what is said is true in real life.  Facebook said it’s true, so it must be…

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What is truth, anyway?

Is truth what you believe to be true?

Is truth your opinion?

Is truth the same for everyone?

Is truth real?

Is truth fiction?

Is truth a feeling?

Does it really matter what you believe to be true or only what is actually true?  (And, how do you know the difference?)

A couple thousand years ago, a guy named Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?”

But, like a lot of people today, he didn’t really care about the answer.  He just cared about himself and what was true for him.  So, basically a narcissistic guy let a narcissistic mob of people define truth.

Truth is… Jesus was an imposter.  A self-proclaimed “King of the Jews.”  A hippie carpenter with superpowers…

Is that truth what you believe to be true?

How do you know that’s true?

Truth is… Jesus is the Messiah.  The one and only “King of the Jews.”  The God Man…

Is that truth what you believe to be true?

How do you know that’s true?

Truth is… truth matters.

Because we can’t all be true…

 

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  (Jesus)

(John 14:6)