Pastor Tom's July Blog
Summer time is a great time to cool your jets and reflect on life’s values. Let’s do just that real quick here.
Christ Jesus holds the greatest value in our lives. Even God Himself won’t listen to a word you say unless you accept His Son, Christ Jesus, first. You have to be on speaking terms with Jesus to get God’s attention - I’d say that put’s Jesus at the greatest value in our lives. Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14: 6, NLT)
Maybe you’ve heard about the old man who died and left his estate go to auction. The old man had countless pieces of world class art work in the estate sale. Many lined up and walked through the property planning on what they were to bid on. The auctioneer called the place to order and the auction began. The first item brought to the auction block was a modest painting of the old man’s son. The son wasn’t known to anyone in attendance and nobody in the crowd wanted to bid on the painting of the old man’s son. A man in the back of the room finally placed a bid of $10 on the painting, the only money he had on him. The auctioneer asked for others to bid higher yet no one did. The auctioneer called out going once, going twice, and sold! Those in attendance were glad the auction could now move on to the valuable art work they came to acquire.
The auctioneer smacked his gavel and declared the auction over. He explained “whoever got the Son, gets it all!”
That’s how God feels about His Son Jesus Christ - He’s the most valuable! The Bible says whoever believes in the man Jesus as the Son of God is a believer in God and whoever doesn’t believe in the man Jesus as the Son of God doesn’t believe God at all! 1 John 4:1-6.
1 John 4:1-6 (NIV)
4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them,(I) because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. Today, if you accept the Son of God, Christ Jesus, you get it all! Salvation, healing, freedom, eternal life!
As you vacation and cool your jets a bit this summer, remember to reflect on the goodness of Christ Jesus in your life!
Pastor Tom Golden