23 Feb Awake, O Sleeper
Pastor Ken Cline - February 23, 2020
Awake, O Sleeper
From Series: "Deeper/Wider"
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We, as Christians have been brought into God’s love through Christ and are called to bring other people into that love. Love flows from transformed lives. If we are truly transformed by the Spirit of God, then we should have concern for our neighbor. The Great Commission is not just God’s mission, it’s our mission, too! (Matthew 28:18-20) Christians are, by nature, called to be missionaries – wherever we are and wherever we go. We are called to make disciples (pupils) of Jesus. This means that we walk through this life and work out our faith together. We are called to make disciples – not converts.
As we grow deeper in our love of Jesus, it should spill out into the lives of those around us. We shouldn’t have to manufacture the wider, when then the deeper is genuine. God’s supernatural love should become natural in our lives as this great love of His is perfected in us. It’s about learning about God’s love, growing in God’s love and going out to share God’s love. Church was not intended to be a holding place for God’s love but a nurturing community to grow God’s love and then go out and share it with the world – “because God’s love is too big not to share.” (#newlifemotto) If we believe, we need to share the love that we have been given. Jesus says in John 8:12 (ESV), “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We are to be the light of the world now that Jesus has gone back to heaven (Matthew 5:14-16). Our lives should be “good, right and true” (Ephesians 5:9), so that God gets glory from those who see. It’s time for us to wake up! (Ephesians 5:14). It’s time for us to live the life that Jesus has called us to live, and bring others into the love we have in Him.
In order to fulfill the mission, we need to eliminate our distractions. Most of the time, we are focusing on the wrong things – inconsequential things – things that don’t really matter. Let’s stay focused on the mission: love God, love neighbor. That’s all that really matters. And let us focus primarily on our family and friends, as they are the sphere of our influence, and God has specifically placed us in their lives for a reason. They might be the scariest people to start conversations with, because they know us better than anyone else. But that should cause us to pay closer attention to how we live and be genuine in our love and honest about our flaws and failures. We don’t need to be perfect, but we do need to pursue and promote His perfect love.