Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WORTHY OF THE SELLOUT


Have you ever heard someone confess - "All my eggs are in one basket.....I've tied my rope to that horse....I have hitched my wagon to a star"?  These are all - Sellout statements. In this time of diversification, this mentality of the one-stop-shop for everything is rare. In today's world if you desire to be everything to everybody in one location, you better have the money and/or the infrastructure to build and support it. 

Spiritually speaking - true Christianity confesses - "All my eggs are in one basket.....I've tied my rope to that horse....I have hitched my wagon to a star". A true believer in Christ is one who would go anywhere, anytime, to any person, unashamed and declare - "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:15) 

To me the declaration is not that hard to make. Jesus Christ of Nazareth stated who He was - "I am the way, and the truth and the life" (John 14:6). He proved who He was - "but God raised Him from the dead and caused Him to be seen." (Acts 10:40) And He fulfilled every prophecy concerning The Messiah - “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." (Matthew 5:17)

The Hope we have in all of this - the reason to believe Christ redeemed us and that we can place ALL of our eggs in His Basket is - He has promised to Return For Us! 

"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

So Christians, firm-up your belief in God as your All-In-All. Re-visit your Savior and King as your one-stop-shop for everything. If there are any non-believers reading this, I encourage you to consider Christ Jesus, The Word of God in flesh as your Savior. He is the one who says, "every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine." (Psalm 50:10-11) Paul describes Him most excellently when he wrote to the believers in Colossae - "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." (Colossians 1:16-17) He is Worthy Of The Sellout.