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  • The Ultimate Disrespect

    1 posts, 1 voices, 338 views, started Apr 7, 2011

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 by Denise Richardson


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      The Ultimate Disrespect
      By Overseer Christopher J. Harris
      This week's topic: Resurrection  

      Most of us would never intentionally disrespect Jesus. I recently asked a group of American high school students, "How many of you would go into a sanctuary and curse in the sanctuary?" With a resounding "No," all of them resisted the idea of disrespecting God in that manner.

      But quite plainly, anything that is the reduced result of John 10:10 is disrespectful to the reason that Jesus has come. He shared in one of His teachings, "I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." (John 10: 10, Amplified)  

      This time of the year brings us face to face with the purpose, priority, and passion of Jesus Christ and the sacrifices that He's already made for us. As we celebrate this period of the year that includes the Passover, Good Friday, and the Resurrection, it becomes a reminder of the opportunity that we're presented with – either a life that is average, dull, and routine or a life that is engaging, maximized, and fulfilling! Jesus' resurrection screams to the latter.  

      We slap Jesus in the face when we live beneath the possibilities and potential that Christ has made available to us. When we settle for a listless and lackluster life of going through the motions and pursuing inconsequential plans, we essentially cause His work to be of no effect in our lives. Hebrews 6:6 (Amplified) reads, "If they then deviate from the faith and turn away from their allegiance--[it is impossible] to bring them back to repentance, for (because, while, as long as) they nail upon the cross the Son of God afresh [as far as they are concerned] and are holding [Him] up to contempt and shame and public disgrace."  

      There are a lot of people that are stuck between living a life that is okay and a life that is maximized and fulfilling. They just exist with no satisfaction. They settle for whatever life throws at them. They literally live under the circumstances, rather than taking full advantage of both the good and bad opportunities presented to them. They don't take the lemons and make lemonade, they insist on sucking on the bitter lemons alone. Before you think too fast that I am referring to a group of unbelievers or backsliders or hard-hearted religious rejects, I am also referring to folks that by all appearance are good Christian people. They have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. They are also regular church attendees, active in ministry programs, regular givers of money and other resources, and even sometimes share God's Word with others. Yet the deception is that while they (we) can follow that list, they (we)  can still be unfulfilled and unsatisfied.  

      Can you imagine being really thirsty, yet having a fresh fountain of water with the purest spring water available on earth and you settle for just a sip of it? Why would you do that? It just would not make much sense. Christ declared that He wants to be that fountain in our lives
      (John 7:38).  

      As you celebrate Resurrection time, remember that Christ rose again not for you to live a life of mediocrity and casualness, but a life of fire, effectiveness, and vibrancy. He's risen to serve as an example of new life. He offers us that new life, which brings new experiences, new mercies, and new victories. I encourage you to live life maxed out! Don't slap Christ in the face by settling for anything less.

      Scripture Of The Day: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." - John 7:38 (NKJV)


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