Sunday Morning Soundbytes – 7/22/2007

Doing Church Together | Lou Kochanek

Yesterday’s message was the fourteenth in the Doing Church Together series from the book of 1 Timothy. The message was called, Looking for Christ’s Appearing, taken from 1 Timothy 6:11-16.

1 Timothy 6:11-16 – 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time — God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that looking for Christ’s appearing will impact our lives in powerful ways. Here is a brief recap of the message:

What are you looking for in life? If there is one thing we should be looking for that affects everything else we do, we should be looking for Christ’s appearing. How will looking for Christ’s appearing affect your life?

1) It will help you to live your life for God (verses 11-12)

Learning to look for Christ’s appearing will help you to establish priorities and make appropriate decisions. It will help you to eliminate many unhelpful or unnecessary options in life. It will help you to escape the traps of the world and to pursue the things of God.

God never said the Christian life would be easy. If you ever feel discouraged because the Christian life seems like a fight or a struggle to you, take heart. It is supposed to be a fight. But notice it is a good fight. It is a good fight because it is worth it. It is worth the effort. It is worth the labor. It is worth all the pain and sacrifice you endure for the sake of Jesus Christ.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then God has called you to eternal life. You have a great and glorious future that awaits you when Christ returns. God says take hold of that now. Make it your own. Be looking for Christ’s appearing, and it will help you to live your life for God now.

2) It will motivate you to witness (verses 13-14)

Just as Timothy made his good confession in the presence of many witnesses, so we should witness for Christ by confessing our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Even Jesus confessed before Pilate that He was the Christ, the Son of God who had come into the world, and that he would one day return on the clouds of heaven to rule over all. (Matthew 26:63-64)

We should witness to Christ not only with our words but also with our lives, as we are told to keep this command “without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul adds in verse 15: “which God will bring about in his own time,” which reminds us that we do not know when Christ will return, and so we should always be watching and ready and witness while we can.

3) It will prompt you to praise (verses 15-16)

As Paul reflects on Christ’s return and all that it means, he breaks into praise. God is is the sovereign ruler of the universe in whom all true blessing and happiness are found. His rule is absolute, and all other kings and lords will bow before him one day. We are dependent on God for our life; God is dependent on no one. God is self-existing from all of eternity, and he is the one who gives life to everything. Only Jesus has seen the Father, because Jesus came to us from the Father’s side and made the Father known to us. And one day Jesus will come back for us to bring us into God’s presence.

When I was a child I remember hanging out by the kitchen window around supper time looking down the street for my Dad to come home from work. We lived on a dead end street with very little traffic, so every set of headlights that suddenly turned up the street made my heart jump. “Hey, Mom, here comes a car. Do you think it’s Dad?”

What was I doing? I was looking for my Dad’s appearing. I couldn’t wait for him to come home. He had been gone all day, and I couldn’t wait to see him again. Are you looking for Christ’s appearing? Does any little sign that he might be coming soon cause your heart to leap in anticipation? Oh how we need to be watching and waiting and looking. What a difference it will make in your life and mine. It will help you to live your life for God. It will motivate you to witness. It will prompt you to praise.

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2 Comments

  1. Ray Senior says:

    Thanks for some precious memories!

    Love,

    Dad

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