Tuesday, 10/26/21 – Pressing on… There is a Cost to Know Christ

There is a Cost to Know Christ

It may cost you TIME

If you want to know Christ it may cost you some Facebook time. It may cost you some T.V. time. It may cost you some recreational time. It may cost you some sleep time, and it may even cost you all the hours of all your days, your lifetime.

It may cost you MONEY

If you want to know Christ it may cost some “mad” money – that superfluous money you had designated for squandering and “self”-indulgence. It may cost you some investment money – money you planned to set aside in silo two, rainy day or retirement money. It may cost you dining out money, coffee money, or grocery money. It may cost you rent or mortgage money. In fact, it may cost you all the money you have as you help the poverty stricken buy some bread, or support a missionary, a child, or fund a church in a faraway land.

It may cost you ENERGY

If you want to know Christ it may cost you some exercise energy. It may cost you some recreational energy. It may cost you energy for hobbies, or work, or breathing! It may cost all the energy you have as you walk a stranger’s second mile, help your neighbour build his garage, or the disaster stricken rebuild their village.

It may cost you LIFE

In short, if you want to know Christ It may cost you all your life! In fact, it very likely will. In fact, you can be certain of it. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matt. 16:25). If you want to know Christ you must be willing… willing just as He was willing… willing to die.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.“ (Gal. 2:20). / “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3).

There is a Cost to know Christ. Sit down and estimate it (Luke 14:28). Choose to surrender it (Matt. 13:44-46). Though this cost be all the above it is a cost “not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed…” (Rom. 8:18).

More tomorrow…

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.

Tuesday, 10/19/21 – Pressing on… Which is your King?

Which is your King?

On this date, Oct. 19, 1987, 34 years ago a second “Black Monday” shook stock markets worldwide. The first had occurred Oct. 28, 1929, a part of the huge Wall Street crash which began four days earlier on Oct. 24, and resulted in a 24.8% drop in the Dow. It led ultimately to the Great Depression. But the 1987 crash was global! The Dow fell 22%, a shocking 508.32 points!

Other “Black Mondays” followed:

1929 Crash – Headlines | American Experience | Official Site | PBS
Sept. 29, 2008 – A financial crisis since 2007 and real estate bubble burst crashed world markets into the Great Recession.
Aug. 8, 2011 – Stock markets crashed due to a credit rate downgrade of the United States’ debt.
Aug. 24, 2015 – Chinese stock market crash. SSE Composite Index declined by 8.45%.
Sept. 16, 2019 – Federal Reserve interves in the repo market 5 months prior to 2020 stock market crash after overnight lending rate spiked above 8%.
Mar. 9, 2020 – Investor panic over COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Saudi oil price war prompt worst losses since Great Recession. Mar. 16, 2020 – Larger falls than the week previous!

These were huge disasters for those whose trust was in money. Many fell into deep depression. Many found themselves penniless and without hope. Some committed suicide.

Nothing is secure in this world. But the Christian’s confidence is in Christ. He has chosen Christ, not cash, as King. Money may make the world go round but the Christian trusts “the God who made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24). This world is passing away (1 John 2:17) but the Christian trusts in a world to come. Paul writes, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Cor. 15:19). But in Christ, Paul says, we are “…poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” (2 Cor. 6:10).

As I chat with homeless folk on our downtown city streets I uncover both the lottery playing hopefuls and the heavenward praying faithful. Regardless of social strata the distribution of trusters in cash and trusters in Christ seems about the same… and each of us will choose.

Christ drew the first line in the sand on this and pointed out the decision we each must make. “No one can serve two masters,” He said. “Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matt. 6:24). He pointed to the simplicity of faith found in His creation , “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:26).

Ultimately we must all surrender everything. As Paul points out, “…we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” Chasing riches is always short-lived.  “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that,” Paul continues.”Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Tim. 6:6-10).

Choose God over money and He will see to the rest. He has given this promise: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:33-34).

More tomorrow…

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.