What’s The Point?
Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ,
that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Intro: In these last days, I’m sure that this question has crossed the minds of many believers more often than not. The world is falling apart. Satan is having a heyday. The country is going to hell in a handbasket. Churches are full of apostasy. The people of God are plagued by apathy, carnality and worldliness. So why should a small remnant paddle against the current? Why should a small percentage of church members buck the system and rock the boat and fight the inevitable?
We are saved, right?
We can never lose our salvation, right?
We are going to heaven, right?
We are not saved by works are we?
We are not kept by works, right?
What’s the point in praying?
What’s the point in going to church?
What’s the point in soulwinning?
What’s the point in trying to live godly in this present world?
What’s the point in fighting our old carnal flesh.
What’s the point in pointing out apostasy?
I. The Personal Point of Fellowship
Having sweet, guilt-free, intimate fellowship with God is motivation enough for me.
It’s worth it to me just to be able to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Bible is clear – God is a Father to those that separate themselves unto Him.
- II Cor. 7:17, 18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
- II Cor. 8:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Doing things God’s way is a much better quality of life.
Teaching our children to respect God and respect rules and respect authority is amazing.
ILLUSTRATION: LETTER from Principle Hudson about school improvements.
When we do what we are supposed to do, life is so much better!
Serving the Lord and striving to please Him is the greatest life one could live!
II. The Public Point of Faithfulness
The greatest motivation for me to press on is to strive for a testimony of faithfulness.
- 1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
If it is a requirement for me as a steward to be found faithful, that is a key factor for me to fight on!
- The point is – my mood doesn’t factor in.
- The point is – my level of excitement isn’t important
- The point is – how successful I feel I am doesn’t matter
- The point is – how many people are encouraging me is not an issue
- The point is – my mistakes and failed attempts to get it right is irrelevant
- The point is – I have to stay faithful and keep going because it is required in stewards!
Years ago, I read the verse:
- Luke 18:8b Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
I took that verse as a personal challenge.
Jesus called out the stickability in me!!!
He threw down the ultimate challenge – WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?
I determined – If I was the only one, I would be found still believing; still loving, still serving God!!
III. The Priceless Point of Fruit
What is the point you ask??
- The point is – the unsaved in our community need us.
- The point is – our children need us to stay true to God.
- The point is – the missionaries on the foreign field need us to keep giving.
- The point is – the new converts need us to help them grow in grace.
- The point is – the world needs to hear the gospel.
- The point is – Jesus could come back anytime, and we are running out of time.
It’s a fact – if we stop, the sowing of the seed will stop.
If we give up, the gospel message will not continue to be spread.
If we sit down, the work will go unfinished.
If we throw up our hands in defeat, the world will die and go to hell.