Aim Higher, Dream Bigger, and Get a Closer Walk with the Lord
- Summary: Is anyone reading this satisfied that you’ve attained a sufficient level of Christian living, so that you don’t need any further improvement? I‘m not being sarcastic or patronizing. I posed that question to make you think very seriously. If you are satisfied with where you are, then this message will not appeal to you. If you’re not satisfied, then I trust this message is precisely for you and will help you to aim higher, to take dead aim at a closer walk with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.
- •• We should be desiring to do what they did in the aftermath of Pentecost — healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, casting out demons.
- • But sadly, in the typical evangelical church today, there is very little manifestation of Holy Spirit power.
- •• Is this power somewhere far away? No! It’s within you, in the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- • Read in the Bible about this power; pray for it! Aim higher!
Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- •• “The people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32, KJV).
- •• Paul “knew” Christ (2 Timothy 1:12), but He wanted to know him more (Philippians 3:10).
- •• Pursue your relationship with Him. Aim for the highest! Don’t be content just to know about Jesus; aim to know Him personally and closely.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.”
- •• God told Abraham what His standard was for him — a blameless walk. Yet many Christians today offer the sad excuse, “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
- •• Our conduct is under our control. We choose what we say and do.
- •• Give yourself a no-holds-barred self-evaluation. Are there areas where you fall short of blamelessness in thought, word, or deed? Aim higher, with God’s help and grace.
- • “Aim for perfection,” wrote the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 13:11), in a verse we will examine below.
Colossians 1:28-29 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
- •• Think outwardly this time; think about those other people whose lives you are part of — your family, your friends...
- •• Is your effect upon them positive? neutral? or negative?
- •• Are their lives being bettered by your godly input?
- •• Do your motives stop simply at living in peace with others?... at having rewarding friendships with them?... at sharing enjoyable activities together?...
- • These things are fine, but they are not enough.
- •• Our motives in all our human relationships should include a desire to present everyone perfect in Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection.
- •• Aim higher in character... aim higher in love... in relationships with God and with other people... in ministry. Aim higher!
- •• Don’t be put off by those who sarcastically accuse us of “Christian perfectionism.” “Aim for perfection” is something the BIBLE says, not something I thought up.
- •• Aim higher! Don’t compromise! Be the best you can be for God!
If God has touched your heart in this message, you might enjoy hearing the uplifting, beloved hymn "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."
Related sermons by Pastor Jim Feeney include Don't Aim Too Low and Take Aim at the Right Targets.
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