Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

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I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Monday, December 31, 2007

"What must I do to be lost?"

Often in blogworld we share great sermons we have heard recently. Being the minister's wife, I am perhaps a bit biased --in that I think every sermon I hear is a great one! But last week, Ned gave a lesson that really touched my heart. Its message has crossed my mind several times since then and I just thought I would share it with y'all.
He began with the title question: "what must I do to be lost?" Kinda catchy, huh? ------a phraseology that sounds so familiar and yet so strange. We are used to our verses, one of which is "what I must I do to be saved?", right? So Ned begins with the question and a reminder that everyone in attendance knows what to do to be saved but few of us think about what it takes to be lost. The answer to the question is simple: "nothing". Absolutely nothing! When your conscience is pricked and you know you have a sin problem, just do nothing! When you have sinned against your brother and know you need his forgiveness, do nothing! When you have tinkered with sin and find it beginning to snowball on you, well you know what to do--right? Yep, nothing! When you are in a situation that is uncomfortable because of the language or the content or the people, just stand there, you don't have to say anything or do anything, just stand there. When you know that you have been a fake Christian, presenting yourself to others as one with high values and high standards, and yet your heart is dark with sin, your thoughts polluted with the evils of the world, your speech tainted with gossip and sarcastic barbs, don't change! When you know that you should repent, should confess, should put on Christ in baptism but feel you have some wild oats yet to sow, just do nothing. When you agree with your minister or teacher that you should pray more and you should spend more time in the Word, don't do it!
When you see someone in need, just ignore them, after all someone else will take care of them.
I am sure you get the point of the message--what must I do to be lost? Nothing. But then don't you just have to ask---------who wants to be lost?

Peace
Neva

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible!! Very thought provoking!

Happy New Year dear Neva


Pat

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

That'll preach, girl!

May 2008 be a year of blessing and ministry for you and Ned.

Carlos

12:16 PM  
Anonymous JD said...

Sounds Excellent!

Happy 2008!

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!


Dean

4:03 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Being lost is no fun at all. Glad I am found!!!!

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! Why would anyone want to be lost? No one would, sometimes they just don't know how to get found.

Corinne

6:10 PM  
Blogger AncientWanderer said...

It's always easier to "fall" off the log than to "stand" firm on the log. :)

1:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because most of us are basically lazy, doing nothing sounds pretty good but the end result sounds so horrible it often serves as a catalyst for action.


Raymond

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Georgian Peach said...

Ouch! I am often guilty of doing nothing, of ignoring what I should be doing and stifling that little voice of conscience. Thank you for this post and Happy New Year!


Georgia

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--I bet that was a great lesson.

Happy New Year you two.

Love ya
Kel

1:05 PM  
Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Good post and good sermon, Neva. As always. (I always read your blog.)

Hope you and Ned and the family have a most successful and very blessed 2008!

Much love,

Dee

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Jarrod said...

There are some who are lost and don't know it, that is where we come in. We must try this year and every year to make sure the lost know they don't have to be.

Good post

Jarrod

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also remember being lost and am very greatful for the encouragement to commit my life to Christ.

Karli

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neva,
We forget that we were once lost and that we can be lost again, and it happens the same way, just by doing nothing.

Happy new year, my friend, may God bless you abundantly in 2008.

Rachel

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope this year finds you busy serving God, happy and healthy and blest beyond belief.

Karin

10:15 PM  
Blogger Godzheart said...

Power preaching here sister Neva.


Wishing u a very Happy and Wonderful God filled New Year.

love
Godzheart

11:29 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Neva,
I pray and hope that God will shower his blessings upon you and your family during 2008. I know it will be a better year for you than the last. Keep your eyes up on him and he will make you path steady. You are a true inspiration to us all.
In Him,
Kinney Mabry

9:54 AM  
Blogger Nicki said...

Very well thought out.....honestly I've never thought of it that way! Thanks for sharing this, your husband sounds like a great minister!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Very cool post!

Carol

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

PS
Sounds like your husband is as good at preaching the word as you are.

:)

Carol

10:07 PM  

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