Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Philippians 3:17-4:1: Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself. Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long fore, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
Two Paths of Life:
God, through St. Paul, tells us very plainly, that there are two separate and distinct paths of life. They are:
People believe there are multiple paths of life. They believe that each path is unique and special. They believe that each path leads to a "heavenly goal." The thought behind it, "God loves me. He respects my choices and my decisions. So, if I lead a decent life, be nice to people, and try to be as good and right as I can, God will take that into consideration."
The problem with the thought is, it doesn't work. God, long ago in the Old Testament time, all ready stated, "You shall have no other gods before me." Thoughts, like the one above, puts the relationship with God on our shoulders, not His. Our relationship, our life, is on the work of God, not on me or you.
That is why knowing Jesus and believing that He is God and man at the same time, that He is THE ONE AND ONLY sacrifice that saves us, and that HE is the ONLY way into heaven, is so important.
Jesus forgave our sins. Jesus took away our sin through the sacrifice of His life. Jesus was horribly beaten, nailed to a cross, humiliated by those He came to save and abandoned by those who were His apostles. Jesus was left alone, carrying the curse of sin, our sin. His body was broken. His blood was shed. He died so that you, when believe in Him, will live.
And when you believe that, you have life and have it to the full.
There really are only two paths of life. One that is without Jesus. One that is with Jesus. Which one are you on? Let's talk about it.
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.