History is divided into two parts: B.C. (“Before Christ”) and A.D. (from the Latin Anno Domini, “in the year of our Lord”). As a Christian, you have a B.C. and A.D. life. There’s the person you were before you met Jesus and the person you now are after coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Just because you’ve declared yourself a Christian though, that does not mean life is easy.
Before and after really applies to all of life doesn’t it? Before you’re an adult you are a teenager; before a teenager, a child; and before a child, a baby. Each stage of life has its responsible points and its irresponsible points, there is not a single person who can deny that. Granted, some of us may make more irresponsible (bad) decisions than others. Some seem to not learn from what they make.
This last Sunday the Sermon message was “What Have I Got to Lose?“ by Reverend Jon Gruen at #BSLCMO. What an awesome question! I don’t care what the topic is, it’s a great question, because unless the answer doesn’t show the value you place on the topic, it requires you reevaluate your sincerity.
Let’s start simple – you want an apple. The vendor wants 50 cents. You are willing to pay (lose) 50 cents for an apple. Any form of payment equals loss.
Your friends want to go to the casino Friday night. You have saved $200 dollars towards furniture you need for your first apartment. You know if you go with them you could bring home more money for the much needed furniture. Are you willing to risk the $200 you have AND the time it will take to save it again when you lose it?
You meet THE ONE. Your eyes locked, the moment was magic, you date for months and you decide its time to propose. But wait, if you do that, that means not having a place to yourself, freedom to eat, sleep, keep the place the way you want. You won’t (shouldn’t) be able to date, or have sex with, anyone else! Am I willing to lose this? But if I don’t seize this moment, will I lose the gift of a lifetime with the one I love? Which after am I wanting?
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:17-24 NIV
But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:34-35 HCSB
Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it. Mark 8:34-35 HCSB