Put Off to Put On
- Date: February 3, 2014
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ...” (Philippians 3:8)
- From Almost Content
We're encouraged by the Word of the Lord to seek full consecration to God. To become one of those like the Apostle Paul who says, "Everything I have achieved, it has no hold on me anymore. It's meaningless!" Paul walked away from position, power, and wealth. His whole life had been invested in becoming the supreme rabbi, a leader of the Pharisees, and the Sanhedrin. But he counted all of this investment, it's loss; it's dung. Now, listen--and we sometimes forget this part--he put that all away that he might win Christ (Philippians 3:8). He's saying something there that carries great strength. You're not going to win Christ until you put this stuff away. You might think you have, but Paul also says, "Don't defile yourself. Come out from among them; touch not the unclean thing."
Part of what stirred this is in my thinking is the desire seen in this generation to want to start right off with what their parents had. Of course, it's not new to this generation; it was the same with those of us that are a little older. We wanted to start right off where our parents were after 30 years of work. We wanted to pick right up where they were and have everything they had. That's what we wanted. The only thing is back when I was that age, you couldn't do it. It really wasn't there. So we were not nobler. If we could have pulled it off, that what we would have done too. It's a heart issue.
Jesus makes it very clear when He contrasts His headship as husband and us being the bride. Today, in many marriages women fall in love with the actual house, and the house begins to replace the husband. They're unfaithful to their husband because of their lust affair with their house or their children, or some that want to be able to have their career and be their own person and express their worth. See, there are a lot of ways to have infidelity. It can be in your mind; it can be in your heart; it can be in your actions. But He said, "When you seek Me with all of your heart you'll find Me" (Jeremiah 29:13). That grace will break this world's power, and His presence and the taste of godliness will become the gain, will become the satisfaction of your life. Are you almost content?
Father, we thank You for Your Word. As we live here in modern day Laodicea, in Sodom, what a dangerous place it is. You've said in the last days men would be unthankful and unholy, unconsecrated and playing with the world. Are we hotter than we were yesterday? Are we in greater pursuit than we were yesterday? Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the daily renewing of your mind that you could prove the perfect will of God. Transform your mind. Get it out of your mind that you can live like the world and be on fire for God. Deal with the reality of where your treasures are, and then go into the high places and cut down the groves. Do whatever it takes to get free!
A young man many years ago, by his own testimony, watched too much television and decided to just get rid of it entirely and seek God. When he got quiet he ended up hearing the voice of God telling him to go to New York City and minister to the gangs. Dave Wilkerson touched a lot of lives as he consecrated himself. Willard Cantelon reached a lot of lives as he consecrated himself.
Father, let us get quiet enough to hear a voice in heaven that says, "Who shall go for us?" And help us to respond, "Here am I, Lord; send me." And for that we'll give You all of the praise, all of the glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.