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Upcoming Events
OCT

18

WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
OCT

22

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
Bible Search
The Paradox of Life

The Paradox of Life

 

Matthew 11:28 - “Come to me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”

 

dictionary.com defines paradox as any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.  Coffee then is a paradox.  What do I mean by that?  The caffeine in it perks you up and may even cause you to “fulminate”, which means to explode with a loud voice.  It may give you the energy needed to tackle a tough task or to loudly sing the praises of God.  Yet at the same time that it energizes you, in some ways coffee relaxes you.  There is something at least temporarily relaxing about taking a sip of that marvelous morning brew.  The pause refreshes us, it gives us an opportunity to think and to focus and somehow that is relaxing.  Maybe it is the familiarity of drinking a cup, maybe it is the routine, but somehow coffee is relaxing.  Energizing and relaxing at the same time, coffee is a paradox.

 

Christianity is as well.  We who are followers of Jesus Christ are both saints and sinners.  That is paradox.  We are sinners by nature and by action but we are saints through the blood of Jesus Christ, and hopefully because of that we are working hard to live holy lives in the world in which we live.  Christianity is a paradox.

 

It is a paradox because we are saved by the grace of God.  His grace saves us and not our works but once we are saved we then want to work for the glory of God.  Someone once said, “good works are not the root of our salvation but they are the fruit of our salvation.”  Works don’t save us, but once we are saved we want to work.  Christianity is a paradox.

 

Jesus says, “come unto me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest.”  That is a wonderful promise for life isn’t it? Because in reality life can make us all weak, life can make us all feel heavy laden.  Life is hard so He beckons us to run to Him and find rest.  Yet once again Christianity is a paradox, Jesus gives us rest, but following Him also gives us a burden for lost people.  The Bible says that Lot was “tormented” when he lived in Sodom because of the things that he saw there.  He was tormented because he say the sin and lostness of the people.  Christianity is a paradox because we can give our burdens to Jesus yet at the same time we must be burdened for those who are lost and for the sins of the world.

 

Jesus showed us that on that first Palm Sunday.  The people were celebrating.  They were waving their palm branches and singing, “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” as Jesus rode into town.  They were praising Him as King, and all the while Jesus was weeping.  Weeping over the lostness of the people.  

 

Christianity is a paradox, yet it is about a Savior who is truth.  We can run to Him when life is hard, that is truth.  We can carry our burdens to Him and know that He cares, that is truth.  We can work, in response to our salvation, so that God may be glorified and others hear about His truth.  We are to be burdened for the lostness of the world, but we can carry that burden to Jesus as well.  We can pray for our lost friends and family members and know that Jesus Himself is concerned about them and that He loves them even more than we do.

 

So let Jesus energize you to go and do things today for His glory. Let Him energize you to love your family, to love others, to do good things, and to tell others about Jesus.  But even though you are energize, relax knowing that God has all things under control.  That He cares about you and about the things that you are concerned about.  After all He died so that the lost could be saved, so we could be forgiven, so that we can have a relationship with Him and live for His glory.