Are You Coming With Me?
- Date: April 29, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: " For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
- From Friends
I want to talk about being a friend of God, having the right friends and the consequences of being a friend of the world. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul" (Mark 8:36)? There is a contrast between the world and our souls, our salvation. What does it profit a man to invest in the world and gain all the world has to offer, and in the process, or the consequence of gaining what the world has to offer, is the loss of our own souls? "[W]hat shall a man give in exchange for his soul" (Mark 8:37)?
We just don't believe our soul is at stake. The way to believe that is to get into the presence of God, to taste the reality and the goodness of God, to get rid of religion and have a true visitation of God that will change the treasures of our hearts. Because if all we have is religion, I would gladly trade that for all the pleasures of sin for a season. If all we're talking about is religion - - being able to have some kind of temporary peace of mind as we travel this journey through life, and to be able to cope with pressures, and to be able to establish some type of morality - - I will throw that over in a minute for the pleasures of sin for a season. But if there is a holy God, if there is a day of accountability, if I am, in the natural, the son of Adam, a race in conflict with the Creator of heaven and earth, by Whom and for Whom all things are created, then I need to bow my knee and get reconciled back into the family of my Creator and serve Him all the days of my life. I need to see the world's system for what it is - - an alien race, a kingdom of darkness, an enemy of my Heavenly Father, a hater of all that is righteous and holy and good. It is a kingdom of deception and lies that will be overcome and be cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Where rather than having our names written in the Lamb's book of life, the life of remembrance, Psalms says, we'll be cast into outer darkness and forgotten. There will be no record that we ever existed. What man fears the most is isolation and loneliness. You will be absolutely alone in terror forever and ever and ever. Nobody remembers, and nobody cares. The Lord is calling us to come out and be separate. To be a friend of the world is to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. But understand clearly - - the wages of sin are death. So choose this day whom you are going to serve.
God is sending His Spirit to us today, in this place, just like those angels went into Sodom to get Lot. What has been happening in our midst recently is that God has sent His Spirit in here to take us by the hand and say, "I'm coming to judge this place, and I want to take you out. Are you going to come with Me?" Or are you still lingering? How many of us are still giving thought and worth to this world's system? How many of us still have treasures and friends that we would dare look back to and suffer the same consequence of the justice of God?