Monday, March 20, 2006

Allegiance to whom?

Why do they put themselves on the line for what seems like a totally pointless piece of entertainment?

Why do people sign themselves up to things that just don’t seem to make sense? Why do people live such dangerous lives bringing themselves into situations knowing full well they could get into trouble, or get injured?

Now think about why you got into this whole Christian thing in the first place: Was it because you realised that despite feeling incredibly empty and rubbish at most things, that God was totally the one person you could count upon, he’d never leave you, he wanted to heal you, and that sounded like something worth starting…. A relationship with Jesus?

Or had you been going to church for a while and slowly over time found yourself cross over from merely attending church to wanting to BE church, to be part of the community of God, because of what he’s doing in your life?

Maybe part of it was the thrill of being in a battle against evil, and being part of the church was going off into the world to claim people for Christ and sweeping off to victory against sin!

Maybe you’ve realised that you’re not quite at that point when you have accepted Christ, or actually you think its all pretty pointless… and God probably doesn’t exist… I’m not here to find all that out, but just to say this really..

Whatever your situation, do you realise what a dangerous, dangerous message Christianity contains?

I want to introduce to you to some incredibly dangerous words… Matthew 6

‘Your Kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is heaven’

You know these words may not sound a bit threatening when we first hear them, but actually they are statement that contains explosive meaning. Its like setting a stick of dynamite under your chair, its going to rocket you into a new direction!

To say those words is saying that despite what powers there are in your life over you, what influences are swaying you back and forth, whatever things seem to be controlling you, are going to be knocked out of the way, because your main priority, your whole purpose in life is to see what God desires in your life and this world.

Whatever God wants us where he is in heaven, which is in fact all around us, but we just can’t see it yet, we are claiming to be people who are going to bring it about on earth because that is what he’s calling us to do.

Why is that dangerous? Because we know for a fact that what God wants in this world is almost the complete opposite to what we want a lot of the time and what this nation wants… we know that to live a life with Kingdom of God values, means that we’re going to end up different people. If we let him we could become completely new, and that’s dangerous, because we don’t know what that might be… Its dangerous because there are a lot of people who are around who don’t want what God wants and they may end up hurting us… We may end up putting our lives on the line. Its dangerous because we have to let go of our own lives/

That’s what Christianity is about..

Now I’m sharing this with you now because I reckon that for some of you here, you’ve lost that original meaning to Christianity, that its become either a chore or a thing to do with your mates; or its completely irrelevant and you’re think of packing it in. And I reckon there are people here who simply need a bit of encouragement to realise that what and who they believe in is worth fighting for, is worth dying for, is worth carrying on for.. Because it is!