The Right Response

The Right Response

The Event which Moves You From Earner to Heir

There is a shift in thinking that occurs when we consciously move from earner to heir.  To understand this shift, we look at Peter’s message in Acts, chapter 2.  Essentially Peter tells us that God had a Son. We betrayed God’s Son and killed Him.  This Son rose from the dead and is the One to whom every knee must bow.

Acts 2:36-41 (NLT) “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” 37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” 41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

Maybe God is not the problem. Maybe all our problems aren’t God’s fault. Maybe it’s not God’s doing or even lack of intervention that has brought our world to this place.

Maybe we are the problem. What if evil exists because man is able to make choices? What if man makes choices strictly out of his own self interest? 

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Maybe I am my problem. Maybe I have no idea how to run my own life. This is a grand moment my friends, the moment of conviction. The moment when my beliefs are laid bare and their power exposed. What are we to do with such a moment?

The Shift In A Moment

I am not God!  There are so many things that we would have control over if we were, in fact, God.   These include our waistline, bank balance, calendar, words we speak, relationships/boundaries. These are little things, but the list of what we can’t control is infinite.

I can’t earn anything. The gifts that we are given from God are the things that we could never earn.  These include the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace and the fullness/baptism of the Holy Spirit.  In fact, there isn’t anything that we could ever “earn” from God.  Instead, we are given these grace gifts, not grace rewards or wages. 

Luke 17:10 (NLT) In the same way, when you obey Me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.’”

I can’t save me.  Life is a surreal car wreck, where everything is happening in slow motion, but there is an awareness that the end result is going to hurt. If I am my only hope, then I have no hope.

But, a change in thinking is only the beginning. It’s actually part of a synergy (the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts).

A change in my actions. Thinking or believing in conjunction with action forms a tornado of change. Like the Tasmanian Devil, he may not be the smartest character in the Looney Tunes ensemble, but he sure gets around and destroys a lot of things.

When God wrecks my thinking and I live in obedience, a lot of the works of Satan get destroyed. You don’t have to be smart, just willing and ready to move on God’s command.

Acts 2:38 (NLT) be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins

We get baptized because Jesus said to get baptized. It’s a simple act of obedience. There isn’t really any magic to it; the physical act of water baptism doesn’t save a person. Faith that’s placed solely in baptism misses the point. Baptism is the first act of obedience and demonstrates faith in the Lord and Savior Jesus.  If you haven’t done it already, stop putting it off for another day.  This is how we live, Jesus speaks and we do.

Acts 2:39 (NLT) This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.

A Reordering of Your Priorities. When we experience the shift in thinking that creates a change in our actions, we naturally experience a reordering of priorities.  Suddenly the emphasis changes to tell others of Christ’s wonderful sacrifice, resurrection, and promise of life. Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples and be His witnesses.  That same decision of discipleship lies with you.

Shouldn’t your friends (at least) get a chance to turn Jesus down? Sure they may laugh at you. They may not take you seriously, but this isn’t about you. Everyone should get a chance to choose, reject, or neglect Jesus.

God’s priority is that the message of Jesus makes it to the ends of the earth.

Are You Ready . . . 

To make a Choice? Every person will have to make a choice regarding Jesus. The choice is not whether or not you think He existed or if He was a good Man. The choice is whether or not He will be your Lord. 

For a Change? What you can see in this world will end you. What you can’t see will save you. This world isn’t going to turn out well. It’s never going to come through for you.

Acts 2:40 (NLT) Save yourselves from this crooked generation!

For a Mission? Who could you give access to Jesus? How could you do it? What if you started with prayer? What if you used that prayer as a launching pad into a conversation? You have the ability to give people a chance.

To move from earner to heir you must shift your thinking, change your actions and reorder your priorities.