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Preached by Associate Pastor Tim Melton
Summary: The church in Thyatira had created a two sphere world – one sphere of life that worshiped Christ and another sphere that worshiped the gods of the age. Like Jezebel of old, they were engaged in business alliances that defamed Christ, glorified drunken idol worship, and practiced deviant sexuality. Likewise, in America today we also face the pressure to compromise our faith in Christ. We Christians commonly face the subtle temptation to worship the gods of our age. Like quiet termites, the patron gods of financial greed, sexual immorality, addiction, cultural approval, and false teaching can subtly work together to eat away our trust in the Lord. Have we unwittingly also created a two sphere world in our lives – one where Christ is glorified and another where Christ is defamed? Have we said to the Lord, “This area of my life is none of your business?”
In our hearts do we coldly say to the Lord… “My life on the golf course is mine – it’s none of your business. My life in high school is none of your business. My life at work is none of your business. My dating life is none of your business. My sex life is none of your business. My finances are none of your business. My entertainment choices are none of your business. My decision to drink what I want or eat what I want or wear what I want – Lord, these are none of you business.”
If so, may we quickly repent and turn our full faces to the Lord. There are no easy and quick pictures of what a life with Christ is like in certain areas of our lives. Some of us can eat candy to the glory of Christ. Some of us can’t. Some of us can have a beer to the glory of Christ. Some of us can’t. Some of us can marry and enjoy a sexual relationship with our spouse to the glory of Christ. Some of us remain unmarried and cannot enjoy a sexual relationship to the glory of Christ. Some of us can be wealthy to the glory of Christ. Some of us cannot. Each and every one of us who trust in Christ needs to continually be conscious of our lives. May we never comfortably say, “Lord, this area of my life is none of your business.” Remember SPC, your lives are not your own. You have been gloriously purchased by the precious blood of Christ. Keep no hidden places from the Lord. Be honest with him about your struggles and temptations. Rest yourself in his love and forgiveness. Christ will never turn you away for he is and ever shall be your gracious Morning Star!
“So now, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31