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Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much space!
By Kirralie Smith


Dull. Boring. Lifeless. Stale. Irrelevant! Such horrid descriptions of the modern day church. How many secular people ascribe these qualities to the institution known as the body of Christ? It is tragic. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He simply breathed and the world was created! His power is beyond description, his love beyond our understanding and yet we his followers, his ambassadors, seem content to attend a service, sing some songs, listen to a few words and remain unchanged. Is it any wonder that on the whole the world mocks and scoffs the idea of a relationship with God?

Yet, there is a stirring. The sleeping giant is being aroused. Rumors of healings, miracles, signs and wonders are circulating. People are actually hearing the voice of God. Young people are meeting together to cry out to God and are willing to be fools for Christ in their schools and amongst their friends. Cities are being transformed. Crime is being reduced in some regions because of prayer. Groups of saints are worshipping the Lord around the clock.

The Kingdom of God advances violently! (Mt 11:12) As Christians we are called to impact our world, to change and influence it instead of the other way around. Paul writes to the Romans (8:11) that we have the same Spirit living in us that raised Jesus from the dead. That is the Holy Spirit, not some insipid, weak, subservient spirit, but a powerful and effective spirit! The Spirit of the most high God is alive and active and inviting us to an intimate and personal relationship with our Creator and Master. The Spirit of God who longs to equip and enable us to participate in the Kingdom of God now.

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, ANYONE* who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) What a fantastic promise. Increase my faith Lord. How exciting and fulfilling would our lives be if we were walking in this truth? What would the world think of a church that was raising people from the dead, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind and having compassion on the masses? Surely if we did what Jesus commanded and loved the Lord our God with ALL our hearts, ALL our minds, ALL our souls and ALL our strength the Kingdom of God would advance.

Forget seeker friendly services. The world needs to see something different. The world needs to see our awesome God of power and might. The world needs to see the beauty and the splendor of our Creator King. Jesus had compassion and love for the sinner, and he was incredibly different to the world. Let us be true followers of Christ and live as he lived.

Being a Christian is anything but dull, boring, lifeless, stale or irrelevant! I know I have only dangled my toe on the edge so far but I am keen to run on in and see this Kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven. This current life, this worldly life full of flesh and evil desires is dull and boring. I have had enough. It is time to live every moment on the edge, because as the saying goes, “If you are not living on the edge you are taking up to much space.”

* Italics and capitals mine.

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dub W01/31/06
Mini sermon, tightly packed, well composed. Thanks for sharing.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/01/06
Such a unique title, and that is what brought me to your doorstep! Loved the Title! - wish I could be that creative when "thinking up a title! That's a very important part - to entice the Reader in!
Carla Feagans02/02/06
Excellent writing and excellent points. I love your passion. You are so right, too, we should reflect the glory and excitement and awe of our Lord and not be so ho-hum about our faith.

Great job, looking forward to seeing more of your writing.
Crista Darr02/04/06
Extremely well-written! An anointed, vehement wake-up call to the sleepy Christian. (I think I recognize this on fire for Jesus author. :-)