I don’t know about y’all, but this week at FCA was really revitalizing and convicting to me. We as a body of believers were reminded of some really significant truths that if taken seriously, could really shake some revival into our campus. This week challenged me, so bear with me as I try to layout the message from this week!
Josh Spoelstra from DCF, Downtown Community Fellowship, in Seneca came to speak with us for the first time and it was such a blessing! If you haven’t found the local church home yet, take a Sunday and visit the really authentic environment they have going over there.
Josh took this time to address a tendency that most of us as Christians have. We are sinful people. From the moment of the fall of man, we’ve been clamoring over what belongs to God – things like power and glory and control. This sin separates us from God and the only way to heal this gap is through the redemptive power of Jesus’s perfect life, death, and resurrection. This redemption cannot be sustained by human effort.
Although most of us in FCA have been exposed to these truths, we don’t always live in it. We spend our time and all of our effort trying to control our lives and make ourselves into what we think we ought to be. We strive for perfection and beat ourselves up when we don’t live up to our unrealistic expectations for a sinful soul like ours. Sometimes our biggest obstacle is that we refuse to forgive ourselves. We spend all of our energy on trying to complete what Jesus already completed on that cross.
What’s rightly His has been given to us as ours due to no merit whatsoever. II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (The rest of this passage lays these ideas out fully, so take a look for real).
As Jesus said on the cross, it is finished.
Hebrews 7:27-28 says, “He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” (Also check out Hebrews 9:12, 26)
Jesus changed the whole game. There’s no way to earn salvation, it’s freely given, but we in our sinfulness cannot grasp this idea. We inadequately try to complete what Jesus completed on the cross. We may believe this, but our hearts and actions may not always reflect this. Once we fully grasp this concept, the focus is taken completely off of us and redirects into a constant state of awe and praise of God.
The atonement of our sins is made complete through Jesus. He completed that mission. However, Jesus did leave work uncompleted on the earth and invites us to join him in that.
We get to take all of that devotion and energy and time and invest it in the kingdom work sitting right in front of us. We as a people need to walk in the faith that Jesus covers our sin and we are forgiven. We must forgive ourselves and proclaim the overwhelming joy and peace through that testimony to those around us, to the nations! We are to make disciples and teach of this redemptive miracle through Christ.
This great commission, is in Matthew 28: 18-20. “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Jesus leaves us with work to do, but that doesn’t mean we are alone in that. The Holy Spirit is overseeing this ongoing mission, leading through the hands and feet of His people, the church. In going, there is growing. God reveals more and more of Himself as we trust that He’s covered our sin and we are His children because of Jesus. Introducing people to Jesus reintroduces us to the magnitude of His power and glory.
Walk in all of this truth with me.