Day 6 – Cardio Training

Scripture Reading

John 10:10-11 (MSG) 10 A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary.

He is the Good Shepherd. Always good. Only good.

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV) 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

1. God is faithful

2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV) 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

God is always faithful. It is who He is. He remains faithful, even if we are faithless. God is always good, only good and He wants you to have a full life.

John 10:10 (NIV) 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Do you believe this verse? Do you think that God wants you to experience a full life, real life? Or do you think that because you are following Christ that your life is now is one big sacrifice with no fun? Do you remember the song “Only the Good Die Young”? “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much more fun”. Too many people think that following Christ is some sort of boring life with no fun to be had.

The thought process goes something like this, ”Well, I guess since Jesus went to the cross and all then I just have to work for Him, and not have fun and just sacrifice, sacrifice, sacrifice”.

Does that sound like a full life? Does that sound like the best deal in the universe? When I first became a Christian, I would meet people that had been followers for a long time, and they were often mean and critical and judgmental. I remember one guy giving me a hard time about my goatee and then judging me because I was going to see a movie. He told me that mature Christians didn’t go to the movies. Every time something like this happened, I had a similar thought, if that is what Christianity looks like I am going back to drugs. They were kinder even though they were killing me. Now, I am sure that these people were just trying to walk this thing out like they thought they should. But, this Jesus thing is supposed to be good news. Jesus said full life now and forever. So, there is a couple of things you need to know about Jesus being good, always good, only good…

2. He didn’t come to be your boss

That is how I think a lot of people view God. He is their boss. The problem with that analogy is that people often don’t like their boss. They are often trying to figure out how to just get by and get their work day over. The Christian life is not about fulfilling the job description of a stern boss. Check out these verses:

Mark 10:45 (NIV) 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

What? Does that sound like your boss?

Isaiah 64:4 (NRSV) 4 From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.

What? Oh, that’s not right. I must work for Him. He needs me, it is my duty, my obligation

Acts 17:24-25 (NIV) 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

What? He came to serve? He acts on MY behalf? He give me life and breath and everything else? What? He is not your boss. What He is, is

3. He is your daddy

Romans 8:15 (NIV) 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

The Book is Papa’s love letter to you telling you how to have a full life. It is not a rule book so that you don’t have fun, it is wisdom on how to have real fun.

The sinners don’t have more fun. The Bible says that sin is pleasurable for a season, but the impacts of sin steal away real life. Sin is such a fleeting pleasure that has no real benefits. If you were fortunate enough to have a half way decent father, then you can look back and see that when he was telling you what you should and shouldn’t do, he was really loving you well. At the time, you probably thought he was just mean and trying to keep you from having fun and all the other kids could go and do stuff, and wow was he old and stupid. But, as imperfect as he was, he was just trying to love you and keep you safe so that you could enjoy life long term in the right way.

Unfortunately, our culture is so broken that this good daady analogy doesn’t work for everyone. How about this, and now I am going outside the notes, did you know that He is also the Good Doctor? Maybe this is more relatable for some of you. Jesus is the great physician and He asks the great question on John 5, “Do you really want to get well?”. Do you really want a real full life? Then, the Book is like a prescription for real life. It is not always easy to take the Doctor’s advice, but the goal is for you to have a full life. Do you get it? God is good, always good, only good.

Whatever it is we DO for Him is because He loves us and we love Him and because in doing them there is real and full life now and forever. Hudson Taylor story.

British doctor felt called to China. No support from any mission agencies. Spent his life there. During his ministry he endured constant hardships and rejection. He lost his wife and several children to disease. It is reported that nearly 3o million people came to Christ through the ministry of Hudson Taylor or one of His followers.

On his deathbed he was asked how he regarded all his sacrifices for the Lord.

His famous reply, ” I never made any sacrifices”. What did he mean? I think he meant that the life He lived was the one he was prescribed by the Good Doctor. It was his real full life prescription.

Todays verse reminds us to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. This brings us to point 4

4. What are you holding on to?

Do you hold on to worry, fear, anxiety?

Do you hold on to my way? I want what I want.

Where is your hope? What do you hope in?

Colossians 1:27 (NIV) 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

We are to hold onto Jesus, the hope of glory. As we start our days in the presence of God, we need to remember that He is faithful, He is good, always good, only good. He wants us to experience real full life now and forever. And no matter what the day brings, we need to hold on to Jesus. He is our hope. He is our great priest. We are His treasure and pearl and He loves us. Oh how He loves us. Oh how He loves us!

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