The height of comfort and TV sports watching professionals is the La-Z-boy recliner. It is a deliciously padded infinitely adjustable rest-enabling machine the likes of which the world has never before seen. Add a nice-sized TV, a remote control and a small fridge for snacks and drinks and there are few men in America who would be able to pass on taking advantage of this envious set up. More to the point, there are fewer still who would not be called something less than manly if they did.
Armed as we are, however, with our new found knowledge of what it is to be a disciple of Christ, how is it that we are still comfortable with the idea of luxuriating in our comfort and privilege and consuming junk-food both spiritual and physical. Of course the put the game on Sunday—most of the world has nothing else to do on that day and they want you do be the same way.
Salt is good. But it’s not just for chips. It’s the very Word of God worked into your life. It’s the idea of preservation and maintenance of life. I’m not talking about something like ‘spiritual growth’ here either. The one who has confessed Christ and has been saved from eternal damnation by that Savior will want to spend time in the Word of God. They will also want to spend time with the people of God. They will want to do things which are obedient to the commands we find in the Bible. They will be His disciples, taking up their cross and following after Him and for His purposes. And this working in of the good Salt of the Word of God into the life of a Christian, when all is said and done, is called Sanctification.
Now sanctification isn’t some magic word that you can just mumble over yourself every day. ‘Sanctify me oh Lord!” helps greatly as all prayers do. But its not going to fall from the sky. It’s not going to be a holy slap or whatever that knocks you onto the ground. This is something that takes some doing. It’s the thing you commit to when you go under the water. It’s the thing you’re raised up to when you come out of the pool. It’s a life of discipleship and sacrifice: a life given to Christ for His glory…and not our own.
It’s also something that we Southern Baptist’s have lost our grip on, something precious that has slipped through our fingers. Giving is good, but it is not enough. Attending is good, but standing alone it’s a barren thing. Even spending time with other believers can be helpful. But if you’re not reading the Word of God and if your desire for it doesn’t grow you’re in a bad spot.
Making disciples does not just consist of printing training materials–even really good ones. It’s something you have to do day by day. It’s not something we can hire a pastor to do or something we can do in our spare time. It’s that thing to which we are called as Christians. “Go. Make Disciples.” It’s pretty hard to do that sitting–napping–in front of the TV.
I know this is Sunday and you’ve already had a sermon, or at least I hope you have. All these things, brothers and sisters, work together for your good. Time spent in preparation is never wasted. Never. Whether you are reading the Word or doing the Word know that God’s word always does what He wants it to do.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” –Romans 11:33-12:2 (ESV)
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