Friday, January 17, 2014

make a statement of faith

One of the things that spoke greatly to me in last Sunday’s sermon from the ALL IN series at The Community was the statement that Elisha made as he committed to go with Elijah.  He literally burned the bridge that would allow him to return to his old life.  He was willing to do whatever God called him to do.

So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.

In the act of burning the oxen along with the plow Elisha made it clear that his heart was set on doing what God said and his mind was made up to make this change.  This was a statement of faith.  We too have to make a statement about faith and leave the possibility behind when we know the right thing that we must do.

Making a statement of faith is not an option.  It is a must be done so that you and those around you know the choice you’ve made.  We’ve seen this kind of statement in others.

Remember the tax collector who gave his life to Christ.  He gave what he had to the poor.  He made things right with those he cheated.  He had cheated others with money, and it made sense that that his giving all or going ALL IN meant something with money. 

Remember the prostitute that anointed Jesus feet.  She breaks in to a party where Jesus is.  She breaks a box of precious perfume.  It represented who she was and her security.  Might have been her most precious possession.  It represented her profession.  It makes sense that this is what is the token of her profession of faith.  Poured out at Jesus’ feet, anointing him.

What risk do you need to take to go ALL IN?  To step in to the plan God has for you what equipment do you need to burn and get rid of to step in to?

Failure is resorting to plan B when plan A gets too risky, too costly, or too difficult.  Most people are living plan B.  It is because you've failed to make a decision that opens up the possibilities. 

Elisha is a great prophet.  Compared to other prophets he went far beyond where any of the others went.

But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Saying one thing and doing another describes a hypocrite.  The person who makes a statement of faith then lives it out show how completely a person is sold out to God. 

I pray God fills our churches, our families, our businesses and beyond with people who have made a statement of faith.  They are anointed to be who God made them to be.  We want people who know God, love God, have skills and God’s hand on their lives.  If we need a surgeon, we want a surgeon who is anointed by God and well trained.  We want our kids to have teachers that are anointed by God.  The anointing is for everyone and for everything touched by God for His purpose.  If you are doing what you are doing to glorify God, it is from God.  He wants to anoint you and me to accomplish what He wants.

Our choice should be to make a statement of faith.  I remember such statements by ministries and organizations in the past.  Often the organizations have a written document and then actions that don’t match.  To make a statement and to make it stick we have to make a clear statement of faith.

Elisha said good-bye to his old life by throwing a party and saying good-bye to his fields he used to work.  It symbolizes the old Elisha the farmer is gone and the new Elisha, the prophet, began a new journey, blessed by God.  He ate his old way and got it out of the way.  He couldn’t go back because he gave it all up. 

You can seek God in the process at a church but miss the best that God has for you.  It al begins with knowing the person of Jesus, making a statement of faith and following it through!

Luke 19:9  NASB
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.

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