Knowing Christ in 2011

I love it when the Bible authors reduce godliness into something compact and easy to grasp like the ten commandments, the beatitudes, and the Christian graces (2 Peter 1:5-7 for those not familiar with this one).  Jesus summarized the entire law of God by saying we should love God and love people.  There is certainly a need to examine and follow the entire word of the Lord.  It’s just that we so often get overwhelmed and need a focal point.  That was the purpose of today’s sermon; to give us focus for the coming year. 

What God desires most is being in relationship with his people  Being in any relationship involves certain standards of behavior and proper treatment of one another.  However, thinking that one will grow closer to another simply by following a list of do’s and dont’s is bound to fail.  To be a better husband I must focus on knowing my wife better and allowing that knowledge to dictate my speech and actions.  To be a better father I must focus on knowing my children.  To be a better neighbor I must focus on truly knowing my neighbors.

Coming to know God is a daunting task.  He is so . . . well, BIG!  Thankfully, he took the initiative and allowed himself to be known in the person of Jesus.  Growing in our relationship to Jesus moves us from performance based religion to developing a deeper love and appreciation for our Lord.  As our love for him grows we become what the law, in itself, was powerless to create.  By focusing our attention on knowing Christ our Lord we become the reflection of our affection.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


2 Responses to “Knowing Christ in 2011”

  1. avatar tommytwotoez says:

    Amen! Another great sermon to start off the new year. That is why I love Jesus' Greatest Commandment, because it gives us all focus on difficult subjects. When the lines get blury, focus on loving God and likewise, loving our fellow brothers and sisters.

    I watched a film the other day called, “Lord, save us from your followers.” It was a very thought provoking movie which drove me to really think and question true godly love.

    Can a true Christ follower proclaim the message of love whilest holding an anti-gay sign, picketing the capitol? Or even anti-abortion signs; is this how we practice Christ's overpowering love?

    Or do we listen, truly care for those who are hurting? The devil prowls like a lion, as the Apostle Peter said, searching for a victim…we may never have the power to stop temptation, but we do have the choice to comfort those who are in pain.

    In 2011, this is my goal. To love those who have become detached from society. Those who are hurting. Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who do not need to have their sins shoved in their faces, but only a warm embrace and an open ear. I want to be quick to listen and slow to anger this year. That is my goal for 2011 and beyond.

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    What do you mean?

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