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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
"The Christian Poser"
"For what is your life?" James 4:14
A while back on a popular television talk show the guest was a bodybuilder. During the interview, the host asked, "Why do you develop those particular muscles?" The bodybuilder simply stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles from chest to calf. The audience applauded. "What do you use all those muscles for?" the host asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed, and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive proportions. "But what do you USE those muscles for?" the host persisted. The body builder was bewildered. He didn't have an answer other than to display his well-developed frame. I was reminded that our spiritual exercises--Bible study, prayer, reading Christian books, listening to sermons and Bible lessons--are also for a purpose. They're meant to strengthen our ability to do God's work, not simply to improve our pose before an admiring audience.
I want to remind our graduates tonight that what you have learned through the years is not only for your good, but also for the benefit of others. Don't let pride and ambition imprison you to a small life, but use your life to its full God-given potential. Let these three things be the driving force of your life:
The Glory of God."Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Cor. 10:31.
The force behind your life should be the glory of God. "It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture" Psalm 100:3. Paul said in Col. 1:16, "All things were created by him, and for him". You were made for His pleasure, and your life is to be lived to bring honor and glory to His name. Wherever you go, and whatever you do "shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light" 1 Peter 2:9. If you do this faithfully, you will be able to say with Paul, "And they glorified God in me" Galatians 1:24.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ. "But I would that ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out unto the furtherance of the gospel" Philippians 1:13. The driving force of your life should be that others know your Saviour. This is what drove David to face the giant. He asked his brothers, "Is there not a cause?" Samuel 17:29. His cause was "that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel" 1 Samuel 17:46. Live your life in such a way that "becometh the gospel of Christ" Philippians 1:27. Your life will open or close your lips. If you live so that others may know Christ, your life will be a success.
The Good of your Name."A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver or gold" Proverbs 22:1. Let the honor of your grandparents and parents push you to be your best. You carry their name with you in everything you do. Who you become, and what you do is a direct reflection on who you came from. In your case, as graduates of Central Baptist School, you carry the name of Christ first and foremost. "Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed" 1 Timothy 6:1. It matters how you live! Your school and church name live or die by your example. Your family's name depends on you. "A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him" Proverbs 17:25. Live to bring honor to your father and your mother and life will go well for you. "He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach" Proverbs 19:26.
I pray that these things will drive you daily to live the life that God has planned for you. Let these driving forces bring you before the Lord every day with the simple prayer, "Not my will, but Thine be done." These forces will keep you from becoming a "poser." A poser that works, and lives, and exists just to be noticed by others. A poser has no purpose other than himself. Let these things motivate you, and you will stand before the Lord rejoicing in the end.