Sunday Aug. 31 * Phil. 3:18-21

Phil. 3:18-21 

18I often warned you that many people are living as enemies of the cross of Christ. And now with tears in my eyes, I warn you again 19that they are headed for hell! They worship their stomachs and brag about the disgusting things they do. All they can think about are the things of this world. 20But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ 21has power over everything, and he will make these poor bodies of ours like his own glorious body.

 

Paul is stating a fact to these believers.  There were people they knew who were actually enemies of Christ.  These people may have been family, friends or neighbors; but they were clearly lost and destined for hell.  They were driven by their own desires and appetites, not God’s desire for their life.  This is a tragic reality that is easily seen in the lives of people today; there will always be enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ.  The only thing that can change them is the transforming power of Jesus Christ.

 

A couple years ago we did a video about serving Christ at Grace Fellowship.  Pastor Jerry did a great job going around asking people why they serve.  We still show this video in our Life Development Classes.  I remember Marc Moore’s answer vividly.  He was in his overalls    loading the storage container where we kept equipment behind Paradise HS.   Marc said the reason he served was because thousands of people in the US die every day and most of them are headed for hell.  Marc said, “I don’t want them to go there because I know what it’s going to be like.  I want them to go to heaven with you and me.” 

 

For all of us who know Jesus Christ personally, we are citizens of heaven and we can eagerly await the time when Jesus will make us like himself.  In addition, all of us who know Christ also know people around us who do not yet know Christ.  Paul was not being judgmental; he was stating the fact that these people are headed for hell.    Most of us have family, friends or neighbors who live for themselves and don’t realize their need for a relationship with Christ.   We have a responsibility to them.  In light of this, are you serving Christ in any way?   Are you serving Him through His church to encourage others to put their trust in Him?   Are you willing to INVEST & INVITE; to invest in the people you know who do not know Christ and invite them to consider a personal relationship with Him?   Are you praying and looking for ways to share with them what Christ has done in your life?    Never give up!  Romans 3:22 says that no matter who we are or what we’ve done we can all be saved by placing our faith in Jesus Christ – trusting Him to forgive us of our sins. 

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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