There is a Consequence to Know Christ
This past Sunday our brother James Harrison asked us “Is Jesus an idea you believe in, or a person you know and trust?”
Superman may stand for many ideals to which you aspire. Superman may even inspire you to become a better person. You might “use” Superman as a psychological aid, but deep down you know you do not “know” Superman. Superman really does not exist.
Or, perhaps your mentor is real… a great sports figure, a world leader, movie star or vocalist. Chances are though that you don’t really “know” these people. You wouldn’t call them up for a chat or invite them to dinner.
Other very real people you may know as your acquaintances. You wave to them on your way to work, or see them at the gym. But even these you don’t really “know.” You haven’t yet determined if you might trust them… trust them with your valuables … your secrets… your children.
But how is it with Christ? Have you spent long hours with Him? Have you gone through great trials with Him? Have you come to “know” Him as He knows you? Do you trust Him? Have you committed to Him your deep secrets, your heart, your sins and your future? Do you trust Him with your life?
To know Christ in this way, explained James, will cost you something… it will cost you everything! But the outcome of this commitment is infinitely greater than its sacrifices: wholeness, contentment, purpose, peace, eternal life and holiness. These consequences are joyous!
But there is also a very dark consequence to shunning this Christ. He calls you now to decide. He says, “Look, today I have set before you life and death” (Deut. 30:15, TLB). “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2). Ignoring the call will not do. You will either choose Christ or you will not.
There is a Call to Know Christ. There is a Cost to Know Christ. There is a Consequence to Know Christ. Is Christ an idea you believe in, or a person you know and trust?” Do you want to know Christ?
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To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.