Monday, April 20, 2009

Motivation Counts part 2

Reference scripture will be 1 Corinthians 3:9-15. Paul writes here he laid a foundation as an expert builder. Well his motivation for going in to Corinth and preaching the gospel until people were saved was Jesus Christ! That's it. Verse 12-13 tells us "If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work." So how motivated we are in serving Christ on this earth will determine how we stand up in front of Christ at judgement. We as believers will have to give an account for what we have done with the gifts and resources God gives us. This judgement for believers will be more like a reward ceremony. We will receive our rewards in heaven based on how faithful we were to Christ. Verse 15 reminds me that I don't just want to escape through the flames but I want to receive a crown that I can place at the feet of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Motivation Counts!

What motivates me? Is it a desire to be like Christ? Maybe a desire to be glorified by men? We all fall victim to pridefulness that desires to receive glory from men.

Mark 11:12-14 says "The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it.

WOW, this tree had leaves that were beautiful, but guess what? Jesus found no fruit.

John 15:2 says "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

What happens to the branch that bears no fruit? It is thrown in the fire and burned. That reality makes me question my own motives. Am I doing what I am doing for Christ or for men. I believe it is a sad reality to so-called minister to people and not ever love them or be concerned about them. When this is the case what is really the motive behind it?

Well look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So, what do we gain by falsely attempting to serve God and bear fruit? NOTHING, but when we do truly allow ourselves to be humble and serve the Almighty Jehovah...then we begin to see stuff happen and HE RECEIVES THE GLORY!

Let me check my motivation
David Stapp

Monday, April 13, 2009

What do we do?

How can we reach this radically depraved world for Christ? By showing them that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN! We as sinful human beings have to be made aware of our sin before we realize we need someone to save us from it. From our sinful standpoint we don't see a need for a savior since we don't know what we are doing wrong.

Paul, in Romans 7:7 says "For I would not have known what coveting was if the law had not said, do not covet.

This can apply to people who proclaim Christ with their mouth and not with their life. Why would we see a need for healing if we don't know we are sick? Living for Jesus is not always easy and a bed of roses. But this life is temporary, and HE promises eternal peace. Thank you for reading, and God Bless you. If you feel like God is convicting your heart and drawing you to Himself please send me a message. Jesus said in John 6:44 "that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws him". So if you need ANY help or questions about this SERIOUS issue send me a message.

Striving to be like Christ
David Stapp

Thursday, April 9, 2009

You don't have to go to church to be saved.

Now do I have your attention? How many times have you heard this quote. Well there is a small amount of truth to this and a large amount of lie, mostly because of the motive behind it. First, God can draw you to the point of salvation no matter where you are at. That is right you don't have to be at church. You can be at home or even at work for goodness sake. So we see there is truth in that, but there is a false sense to this saying and it goes like this..."I am a Christian, but I don't believe you have to go to church." Translation: I live my life in sin and do what I want and have no regard for and Almighty God and I never will, but praise Jesus I am saved. You see, if you ARE REALLY SAVED then you will have a desire to fellowship with God's people. Plus we as Christians have responsibilities in the church so neglecting it should raise a red flag about our salvation.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?"

When you examine yourself, do you have the desire to be with fellow believers or do you just have a false sense of salvation thinking it is completely ok to live all your live in sin and denying the need to do so. Well let me tell you something. The closest thing to heaven on earth is the assembly of believers lifting one another up and worshiping Christ. So if you "want" to go to heaven and who don't, then guess what? You will be spending eternity with the very people were neglecting.

Hebrews 10:24-26 says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left".

One more thing: Everybody wants to go to heaven. Some people just don't want God there when they get there. Remember this when living in sin and claiming Christianity at the same time...

The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did". 1 John 2:4-6.

This means we should want to be assembled with believers and if we could care less then we had better...like Paul says "check ourselves."

Under His conviction for a world who desperately need Christ:
David L. Stapp