02/26/2012 What Ever the LOT!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Under: Sermon

Text: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 (HCSB)

17 However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches. 18 Was anyone already circumcised when he was called? He should not undo his circumcision. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? He should not get circumcised. 19 Circumcision does not matter and uncircumcision does not matter, but keeping God’s commands does. 20 Each person should remain in the life situation in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? It should not be a concern to you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity. 22 For he who is called by the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called as a free man is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brothers, each person should remain with God in whatever situation he was called.

Intro: “It’s not that hard you can do it!” How many times have you heard that? Well excuse me it is hard. One of the hardest things you will ever have to do is be a good example of a Christ whatever the lot all the time. Now that I got that out of the way there are some facts that scripture clearly reveal about being a Christian. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only
the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 (HCSB)

Illustration: THE ACTIVE AND THE PASSIVE

There are those who grab hold of life and those who are out to lunch. A man was driving on a lonely road one summer day. He saw a car with a flat tire pulled over on the shoulder of the road. A woman was standing next to the car and looking down in dismay at the flat tire. The man decided to pull over and play the Good Samaritan. He grew hot and sweaty and dirty in the hot sun as he changed the tire. The woman was watching him and when he was finished she said, "Be sure and let the jack down easily now, because my husband is sleeping in the back seat of the car!" Illustrations Unlimited.

Fact 1: God calls people from all lots in life, from all conditions and levels of society v.17
(NLT)

17 Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches.

It is simple! We are to serve Christ! A person's lot in life, his circumstances, position, social standing, employment, marital status does not have a bearing on Christ saving him. Therefore, a person's lot in life is not to have a bearing on whether or not he walks in Christ. The believer is to walk in Christ no matter where he is. It is not conditions and circumstances that are to determine the believer's life and walk; on the contrary, the believer is given the power of Christ to walk through circumstances no matter how severe and difficult they may be. This does not mean the believer is not to better himself and his condition in life, nor that the believer is necessarily to stay where he is. It simply means the believer is to serve Christ no matter his lot in life.

I share it with every baptism I do Romans 6:4: "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life."

This newness of life should carry with us no matter what we do! Fact! The Bible tells us through the wisdom of the scriptures how to live. “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” Ephesians 5:15 (NLT) We must be careful God wants us to be wise! Fact!

Fact 2: Religious distinctions do not matter: v.18-19 (NLT)

18 For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. 19 For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God’s commandments.”

External rituals and form in religion do not matter. They do not save a person nor do they make a person acceptable or unacceptable to God. What really matters is the heart: the keeping of God's commandments. The believer who pleases God is the believer who loves and trusts the Lord so much that he obeys God. He trusts God to such a degree that he knows that what God says is the very best thing to do. He loves the Lord so much that he longs to please the Lord by doing exactly what the Lord says.

Galatians 5:6 (NLT) “For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.”

I was recently encouraged at a men’s conference with the importance of loving everyone in the church. My next thought was some of us are not that easy to love and then I was reminded that I am not that easy to love at times and yet Christ still died for me! So! Fact! Be faithful in your lot.

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven" Matthew 7:21 (KJV)

Fact 3: Vocations and social conditions do not matter: v.20-23 (NLT)

20 Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. 21 Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. 22 And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, you are now free in the Lord. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. 23 God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.”

A Christian is to know they can live for Christ even in the most horrible of conditions, that of slavery. This matter posed a critical problem in early Christianity, for there were so many converts who were slaves. Their time belonged to their master; therefore, they were often unable to attend services and to serve Christ as much as they wished. Scripture drives the point home, serve Christ where you are. So some of you think you are a slave? A slave to your job, in your relationship, marriage, as a parent or a child and you get the point the list could go on and on. You feel that you’re a slave. But are you really? Whatever your lot in life! If you are faithful to Christ do the best job you can do. Be that witness for Christ meaning you are Christlike.

Believers are bought with a price: the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, they are His servants and witnesses all over this world. Wherever believers are, they are bearing testimony and reaching every segment and social level of society. The uttermost part of the earth, no matter how enslaved and impoverished, must be reached and must have its believers who can witness for Christ. This is the only way people all over the world will ever know about the new heavens and earth where believers will be exalted to rule and reign with Jesus Christ. The point is directed to all professions. If a slave is to serve Christ faithfully where he is, other believers are to serve Christ faithfully, no matter their profession that’s the Fact.

Fact 4: Be faithful in your lot: v.24 (NLT)

24 Brothers, each person should remain with God in whatever situation he was called.”

It cannot be stressed too much. This does not mean a believer is not to better his lot in life. It means that a believer is to serve Christ faithfully where they are without moaning and grumbling about their lot in life. A Christian is to walk in Him, abide in Him, consciously every day—no matter where you are or what your circumstances are. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" John 15:5 (KJV)

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.” Colossians 2:6 (NLT)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 (NKJV)

Jesus could have decided to do something else that is a Fact! But He chose to serve, how about you?

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