Introduction: This morning we conclude our teaching that we began on last Sunday entitled “Are You Really Living For Jesus?”
The word really in our subject intensifies our main thought, which is “living for Jesus.”
It means, I’m not kinda living for Jesus, or barely living for Jesus, or casually living for Jesus, or occasionally living for Jesus, or pretending to live for Jesus…
To say that I’m really living for Jesus, is to say I’m truly and definitely living for Jesus.
Without a doubt, with no hesitation or reservation I’m living for Jesus.
Really means with contagious excitement and enthusiasm, and with all of might and strength, I’m living for Jesus.
Let me recap a little from what we talked about on last Sunday; “the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all of us.
The grace of God is able to save us, and keep us, and empower us to really live for Jesus, and to really live life for the glory of God.
Last week we learned that the plan for really living for Jesus, begins with leaning how to say no and really meaning it.
Titus 2:12 – “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts”
To deny means to say no to and refuse to give consent to that which we know is not right.
Jesus said if you really want to live for me, you’re going to have to use the power I’ve given you to say no, and really mean it.
I’m so glad that in living for Jesus, he gives us the strength to say no when a no is needed.
We can say no to lying, cheating, stealing, and hypocrisy.
We can say no drugs, alcohol, pornography, and profanity.
We can say no to fighting, gossiping, jealousy, and envy.
We can say no to slothfulness, arrogance, pride, sexual sins, rebellion, anger, doubt, laziness, unforgiveness, and unfaithfulness.
Saying no when a no is needed and really meaning it, will always bless us and benefit us.
On the other hand, not saying no when a no is needed works against us, and robs us of genuine peace and fellowship with God.
Listen, it’s never wrong to say no to that which is not right.
On last Sunday we also said that really living for Jesus means that …
We must really practice living for Jesus every day.
Whatever we practice in life is what we eventually become good at in life.
Really living for Jesus must become our permanent passion and our permanent practice.
What should believers be practicing, what is it that we should be doing over and over, and over again.
Titus 2:12 – “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”
The word soberly means to live seriously, sensibly, solemnly, and with self-restraint.
So, what kind of living should we be practicing sober living, righteous living, and godly living. (When and where?)
Amongst our family and friends, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues, we should be practicing sober, righteous, and godly living.
From how we dress, to the places we go, to the company we keep, we should be practicing sober, righteous, and godly living.
The way you carry self and the way you present yourself should always be in a manner that is sober, righteous, and godly, and pleasing to God.
Who determines what sober, righteous, and godly living is, not you or me, but God and his word?
Philippians 1:27 – Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,[a] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel – NIV
Here Paul is saying, no matter what happens in your life, or to you in life, live like Christ, and you’ll be really living for Christ.
When we set out to really live for Jesus, wrong living, will become something that we’re no longer interested in.
Romans 6:1-2 – Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? – NLT
In other words, it is impossible for us to practice sin and really practice living for Jesus Christ at the same time.
Remember this, the grace of God does not give permission to do what’s wrong, but it gives the power not to.
If we’re really going to live for Jesus…
We must really anticipate and watch for the Lord’s return.
I remember Micah’s first day of school last fall…
Sometimes we become so busy living life until we forget that one day we’re going to have to die.
We spend so much time building our homes down here that we forget that we have an eternal home in the heavens, not made with man’s hands.
If we’re going to really live for Jesus, it means that we must began to expect, and look for, and await without hesitation, the Lord’s return.
Part of what should inspire us to really live for Jesus today, is knowing that it’s very possible that Jesus could come back for us…today.
Titus 2:13 – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”
The early saints looked for Jesus and they longed for Jesus’ return.
They were constantly watching and waiting because they knew that something better was coming!
I encourage you to keep watching with great anticipation, because one of these days Jesus is really coming back.
Last year we went to the 4th of July Fire Works Show.
We really enjoyed the first 15 minutes…But then, we became a bit restless…because what we were really waiting and watching for was…
The grand finally….That’s what we wanted to see.
One of these days there’s going to be another kind of grand finale, the grand finale of all grand finales.
When Jesus our Lord and Savior our King of kings, cracks the sky!!!!
It may be on the 4th of July, it may be on Christmas Eve, it may be on the April 15th
It may be on your birthday or my birthday, I don’t know…
But one day, someday, any day now, The Lord Jesus Christ is going to reenter the world he created…
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we forever be with the Lord.
Does that excite you, is that what you’re looking for, is that what you’re watching for and waiting on?
Why should we be waiting and watching for the Lord, because He told us to?
Matthew 24:42 – Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
The way that we watch for the Lord’s return and grand finale is with sober living, righteous living, godly living.
Jesus gives another reason why we should watch for his return.
John 14:3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
The ultimate prize for really living for Jesus, will not be our starry crown, or the fountain of youth, or our long white rob, or streets that are paved with gold.
But the ultimate prize for us really living for Jesus, is that we will finally be where he is, in his presence, to see him at last!
And guess what, in the presence of the Lord, pain and suffering will be absent.
In the presence of the Lord, sickness and hospitals, and hearts aches will be absent.
In the presence of the Lord, crime, and killing, and all evil will be absent.
In the presence of Jesus, all racism, discrimination, bigotry, and all segregation will be absent.
In the presence of the Lord, our enemies will be absent, Satan will be absent, and death and dying will be permanently absent.
To really live for Jesus means we really watch for his return because we know he could come back at any time.
Are you living your life only for yourself, or your children, or your career?
Are you living your life, only to obtain status, and more stuff?
God has given us our lives so that we may really live our lives for him and for His Son Jesus Christ.
If you’re not really living your life for Jesus, then you’re really missing out on the kind of life that only Jesus can give you.