Ways we can keep Jesus Preeminent in our Church & Lives
A. Glorify the Father
John 15:8 “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
1. Bear Fruit - John 15:8
The best kind of fruit we can bear will come from the Holy Spirit. (Gal 5:22-23) As we yield to the spirit, He will help us to be salty Christians that will be a blessing to others. As we strive to grow in Christlikeness we then are able to bring glory to the Father.
2. Bear Burdens – John 15:9
One of the fruit of the Spirit is “Love”, and Jesus demonstrated His love toward us by bearing our burdens. If you are exhibiting love you will find opportunities to help others and live for others.
Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
B. Gladly walk with Jesus
1. Believe God’s Word – John 15:14
John 15:14 “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
To walk and befriend Jesus means to believe His Word; to believe His Word means we obey what He commands. Jesus is direct and to the point, and makes it clear, to have a close walk with Jesus means you obey Him.
2. Blessing of obedience – John 15:15
John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
a. God’s Plans will be fulfilled in your Life
It is absolutely tremendous to know that God has a desire to share His will with us. This is the most exciting part of being a Christian. God wants to make known His wonderful plans for your life and for His glory. Knowing God’s plans will be a result of trusting and obeying Jesus Christ.
b. God answering your Prayers
John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”
Naturally when a person is walking with Jesus and has His Word to be their guide, they will be sensitive to pray in God’s will and according to His ways.
1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
What a blessing to know that God hears our prayers; this is the assurance that we have in Jesus Christ. We have a God that is mindful of us and cares for us. Always remember, God desires His best for you in His will more than you do. Let’s keep Jesus first in our Church and our lives by bringing glory to God through loving one another and gladly walking with Jesus by submitting to His Word and Will.
Proverbs 1:1 “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;”
1 Kings 3:9 “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
When God asked King Solomon what he desired, Solomon requested that he needed the wisdom of God. God was certainly pleased with his prayer, granting Solomon wisdom and more.
1 Kings 3:10-11 “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. ..”
A good start in seeking wisdom is by acknowledging that we need God and His Word to guide us. We must admit that we do not know everything, and that God does.
1 Kings 3:7 “And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.”
I heard Charles Haddon Spurgeon once say, “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.”
As we live in the twenty-first century we can clearly see the vast changing world is growing more and more into ungodliness, and has a tremendous influence upon many of us. As Christians we definitely need God’s wisdom to know how to walk uprightly in all we do. We need God’s Wisdom in:
- Discernment (Between good and bad)
- Relationships (Marriage, etc)
- Parenting (How to raise children, etc)
- Finances (Saving, spending, etc)
- Character (Faithfulness, use of the tongue, etc)
- Friendships (Who to avoid, how to be friendly)
- Decisions (Regarding everyday life, etc)
How do we get Wisdom?
1. Fear the Lord – Proverbs 1:7
Psalm 111:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…”
2. Ask the Lord – James 1:5-8
1 Kings 3:13 “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.”
1 Kings 4:32 “And he (Solomon) spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.”
3. Seek the Word of the Lord 2 Timothy 3:15 “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
4. Obey the Lord – Matthew 7:24
Psalm 111:10 “…a good understanding have all they that do his commandment…”