Now OR Later            August 16th    Luke 6:20-26

We have become a society of the here AND Now.

We are all about the INSTANT gratification.

But there is a cost.

Can’t afford that new car or TV now?

No worries – CHARGE IT.  /no interest for 2 years

Don’t have time to cook a home meal?

Hit McDonalds – sure the preservatives last for years but hey –

it’s food!???   Right??

Cell phones, microwaves, computers – all for instant communication

No more Pony Express or Snail Mail

We want what we want, when we want it, how we want it or we will call 9-1-1 because we didn’t get it!

We need to figure out if it is better to be SATISFIED NOW or LATER!

  1. We are told that we are to be the KING OF OUR OWN DOMAIN – to never depend on anyone for anything because they will let you down or pull you down
    1. But understanding that you have many limits and problems and YOU NEED GOD:   Gains you the KINGDOM OF GOD
    2. Those who depend only on THEMSELVES can only gain the rewards they can provide themselves
      1. And the Kingdom of God does not qualify
  2. We are Baptists, and we don’t believe in being hungry.
    1. This has nothing to do with physical hunger
    2. This is a SPIRITUAL HUNGER
    3. The reality is that we should ALWAYS be hungry for God and His Word
    4. If we are not hungry then WE ARE FULL OF OURSELVES!
    5. How hungry are you for a deeper relationship with God?
    6. How hungry are you for God’s Word?
    7. How hungry are you for Biblical Faithfulness and Righteousness?
  3. There are those that say that Christians should always be HAPPY, RICH and ON TOP OF THE WORLD
    1. This is wrong and contrary to the evidence of scripture
      1. When was the last time you wept over YOUR SIN?
      2. When was the last time you wept over the LOSTNESS of your UNSAVED friend or family member?
      3. When was the last time you wept over the bad choices/lack of faith from a Christian Brother or Sister
      4. Jesus Wept
      5. Where is your compassion and desire?
      6. When was the last time you shed TEARS OF JOY?
    2. If all you do is laugh and crow then you need a heart examination that no cardiologist is capable of doing!
      1. Let the Word of God open up your heart and show you your need for a little SPIRITUAL SURGERY
  4. If you are doing Christianity RIGHT, people will be talking down about you
    1. I am not blind or ignorant.
      1. I know some of the things said about this big, loud, gun loving Preacher
      2. I see the faces of the unbelievers as I share a short devotional at a shooting range or a public arena
      3. I know there are times I am not invited to functions because of who I am and the ONE I stand for in life.
      4. I sense the fear as I talk to a student or leader
      5. It’s all good
        1. The reality is there should be MORE PEOPLE Spreading the hate
        2. Saying don’t invite HIM
        3. Pushing me/us out to the margins
    2. If we are not experiencing any PUSH BACK
      1. WE ARE NOT BEING EFFECTIVE CHRISTIANS
    3. I can worry about my reputation, personal comfort, personal satisfaction and WHATNOT  – LATER
      1. Now is for GOD
      2. Now is for FAITH
      3. Now is for OBEDIENCE
        1. LATER will be AMAZING
          1. LATER WILL BE HEAVEN
          2. LATER WILL BE the WEDDING SUPPER
          3. LATER WILL BE “Well Done Good and Faithful Servant”
          4. LATER WILL BE AWESOME!
        2. What are you more focused on?
          1. Your comfort, wealth and BELLY
            1. Instant gratification REGARDLESS OF THE COST
            2. Regardless of the long term consequences
            3. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
          2. OR The Kingdom of God
            1. Lord, I am Yours!
            2. I will follow you
              1. Regardless of how tough or steep  the path may become
              2. I will YIELD everything of this world now for an ETERNITY with you
          3. KNOWING it will all be AMAZING later
            1. AFTER your MISSION TRIP to earth is finished
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