We had out monthly meeting for Christian Unity this evening at Spring Hill Restaurant in Pflugerville. We had a good groupie nd the Chicken sandwich Debbie and I shared was great. We talked about faith, as in the faith that the centurion had in Jesus to heal his servant. Amazing discussion!
If you think of yourself as a biker, whether you still ride or not, you are a member of a group that is a very small segment of society. You are generally an independent thinker, loyal to your brothers, proud of who you are and committed to a lifestyle that many people wouldn’t understand. You probably think of yourself as pretty special, and you are.
Some of us though don’t think we are special. Some us feel like we are just making it through life, and we are only a step away from disaster. Somehow we just aren’t good enough to make it through life. Whether those feelings came from abuse as a child, as an adult, or because we have always just felt that way, those feelings seem to control us and define our life every day.
There is another cross section of our group, who, in addition to being bikers, call themselves christians. Yes, you can be a biker and a christian too, although there are people outside our group that don’t understand that. We love God, we love motorcycles, and we love bikers.
Now, you have all heard it said, by me or some other preacher that only the “good” go to Heaven, and we can never be quite good enough. After all, God is perfect, heaven is glorious, and we are just a bunch of fallible human beings trying to make it from one day to the next.
That is true, because, you can’t work your way into heaven. Fortunately we don’t have to, because our debt has been paid by Jesus Christ in His life, death and ressurection.
The problem is, some of us feel that because we can’t be good enough for Heaven, we are also not good enough to be used by God here. in this life. We think of ourselves as unfit, and when God nudges us to do something, we say “no, I’m not good enough”, and we don’t do it.
Now, that creates a big problem for God (yes, He can solve it). You see, His plan for this world includes using us to accomplish His will. Yes, He can and will use someone else to do what He desires us to do, but by refusing to participate in his plan, we also refuse to receive the blessings He want’s to give us when we just go, speak or do what He asks of us. You see, you are worthy, you are pretty special, and you are part of God’s Plan A.
So, if you ever have thoughts that you aren’t good enough, remember. God gives us a choice, a choice to participate in His plan and to be blessed beyond our understanding, or I can sit around and think about how unworthy I am.
I for one want to use my choice and my will to say Yes to God and His plan. I am good enough because God says I am!
How about you?
We had out monthly UCOA meeting today out at Bentwood Texas on Sunday amid the lovely spring…. I mean early Summer weather. We had good attendance as usual, we have a few events coming up, after all it is getting HOT out there. Be sure to look at the UCOATexas.org Calendar for the list of up-coming events.
As you probably know, Ernie is throwing a party after this meeting. So…..
In keeping with the party theme today, I thought I would talk about the best party that will ever be.
If you’ve ever heard Christians talk about the future, you have probably heard that Jesus is coming back one day, possibly very soon. The cool thing about that, is that when Jesus returns, everyone will know it.
“For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
“Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven.
And everyone will see him…”
And not only will everyone see Him, there is more in store for those that belong to Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so, we shall always be with the Lord.”
Not only will we be with Jesus, but we will be reunited with Christian friends and family that have gone before us. Kind of like of giant reunion. This is going to be one great party, and not only a party, but we will also become immortal.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53 says, “It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies that will never die.”
There will be no more death, no more tears, no more sadness. We will be healthy, joyful and we will live forever in Heaven.
Ernie sent an invitation for his party. He extends it to all his friends. But you have to accept the invitation to come. Jesus extends an invitation to His party as well, and it is for His friends.
I know I’m going because I am Jesus friend, are you? If you aren’t sure and want to be, you can talk with me, one of the other Christians in our community. I would only ask one thing. If you do make this decision, tell someone.
(Moment of silence and prayer)
Now, Let’s Party!