Pastor Darrin Ronde

April 1, 2016

A friend of mine shared with me this week that something I said in a sermon a couple weeks ago has bothered his soul. I had stated an observation in my message March 13th (Cross Encounter: Simon of Cyrene) that when I talk to people in church, people that have a relationship with Christ, I find that they fall into one of three groups:

First, there are those who say Jesus is important. These are very sincere people who have come to believe that their lives are better with Jesus than without Him. They’ve experienced the dissatisfaction of Jesus being a casual part of their life and have found that their lives are better when Jesus is treated as someone important.

A second group of people are those who say Jesus is first. Picture the athlete in the post-game interview who mentions the name Jesus and points his index finger upward to heaven. These are people who make Jesus a priority. They give Him the first hours of their week as they come to worship with other believers. They wake up in the morning and give their first thoughts to God. They give the first 10% of what God has given them to help build His kingdom. They pray first before making critical decisions. Of their many relationships, they are unashamed to say Jesus is at the top of their list.

I used to think this was the pinnacle of spiritual growth, until I met people that were radical in their commitment to Jesus. This third category of people are those who say Jesus is everything. Jesus is important and He’s first, but He’s even more than that. Picture a wheel with Jesus as the hub. Everything about their lives is directed by their relationship with Jesus—including their attitude, language, marriage, family, finances, career, entertainment—everything! Jesus is like oxygen or water. They are sold out believers who can’t imagine living a day without Him. I think this is what the Apostle Paul was getting at when he wrote these words:

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.
Galatians 2:20

Jesus wasn’t just a PART of his life; Jesus WAS his life! His body became an instrument that Christ could use for His purposes. I want a faith like that. Jesus, be my everything!

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Pastor Darrin

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