Last night at 3:25 I awoke from a dream. It was no nightmare, it was Bill Cosby preaching a sermon and he was making really good points! I actually woke up and wrote some of it down!
Then, when I got back in bed, I kept coming up with more points to add to Bill’s sermon I cut off. Pretty weird to get a sermon from a Bill Cosby dream but hey, when the inspiration comes, it comes.
Anyway, the gist of Bill’s sermon was this: What does the life of Christ actually look like in us? Paul says, “it’s no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” We’re being changed into His image, etc.
Many think this means you have to become a missionary or do street evangelism or try to get persecuted for sticking up for righteousness. These things may be a result, but they do not qualify as “living the life of Christ.”
Bill was totally on a roll. I had no idea he was concerned with such issues.
The Life of Christ in the Believer looks like this:
Love: life is not about you, it’s seeking the good of others. Paul: Love fulfills the law. Now abides faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. Jesus: The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself.
(This is where I woke up. Bill is now done, back selling pudding pops.)
Loyalty: we are in God’s family. Paul: God is our Father. Fellow believers are our brothers and sisters. Do good to all men, especially those of the household of faith. Jesus: My mother and my brothers are those who do the will of my Father.
Lack of Cares: worry is removed because this is not our home. Paul: Things that are seen are temporal, we are to look on things we can’t see as they are eternal. Jesus: lay up treasures in heaven for where your treasure is there will your heart be.
Lust of the Flesh Killed: there is an increasing victory over sin, the flesh and overcoming the world. Paul: mortify the deeds of your body. Walk in the Spirit and not in the Flesh. Jesus: Go and sin no more. It is better to enter life maimed than into hell whole.
Lowliness: servant-hood of Christ becomes our life. Paul: esteem others better than yourself. I became all things to all men that I might win some. Jesus: He who desires to be first, let him be last. The greatest among you is he who serves.
Listen: Paul: the just shall live by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Jesus: man does not live by bread alone but by every Word out of the mouth of God. You are my friends if you do what I say.
In the end, we often cut to the exciting part, the action, the noteworthy activity. It’s easier to go get a soap box and stand up in the park and preach than it is to be a faithful godly man. It’s easier to preach a sermon a few times a month than it is to live a consistent testimony in front of people who spend the most time with you.
The first responsibility of a believer is to gain control of himself. Paul: Take heed to thy life and to thy doctrine and you and your hearers will be saved. We don’t wait for perfection, it’ll never come. But we should see Christ being formed in us before we start worrying about saving the world.