We cannot stay here. I know, you just got comfortable and you are really starting to like it, but we really cannot stay. I know, you have progressed so much and you have come so far, but we really cannot stay. We have to move beyond.
We have to move beyond being motivated by fear to being motivated by love. I know you have heard it said that there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, and it’s true, but there is so much more than that. There is a nail-scarred Savior who loved us more than He hated our sin. Everything we do, and for that matter, everything that we don’t do, should flow out of our love for Him. Do we love Him?
We have to move beyond a Christianity that serves me to a Christianity that glorifies God and serves others. Jesus was our example. He taught some suprising things like, “The first will be last and the last will be first,” and “He that is greatest among you will be your servant.” Maybe you already know that but I am just reminding you, I’m reminding myself, because we like to say things like that to our fellow Christian but we still aren’t very good at saying it to ourselves. It sounds pretty good when you say it in your sermon but reality hits when our plans are interrupted with an opportunity to serve.
We have to move beyond pardon to purity. I don’t know about you but I get pretty tired of asking God to forgive me for the same things. Repentance is not asking God to give us a pass or turn His head while we sin. I don’t want to be pardoned. I want to be purified. I want to love the things that God loves and hate the things that He hates. I don’t just want God to forgive me for my sin again; I want Him to take the desire to sin out of my heart. I am thankful for forgiveness, but holiness is what I long for.
Will you go with me? I must go beyond.