Sermon: Whether you like it or not (June 2015)
Pastor: Carl Lentz
I heard this sermon on Youtube: CLICK ME . And honestly it doesn’t matter if you’re a 10 year old Christian or a 10 day Christian, this message will speak to you either way. I’ll try to keep my opinions to a minimum, but I suggest you WATCH THE SERMON first! If you don’t come back to this page, it’s fine. Just hope you’ve been blessed by this sermon!
The sermon was about Psalm 23, which, everyone knows, is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of scripture EVER; it’s about our Saviour Jesus after all!
“If Jesus is a shepherd, then that makes us SHEEP.”
David calls Jesus our shepherd. Honestly, of all things that Jesus could have chosen for us to be — sharks, falcons, blue whales, God Almighty chose SHEEP. Stupid, bumbling, dependent sheep.
I like how Carl Lentz made the point to say that sheep are utterly useless, unable to even move backwards. Heck, sheep are as dangerous as (or even less than) plastic spoons.
They can’t survive without their shepherd. And if you really think about it, that is exactly how we are like. You can’t get through this life without Jesus, your shepherd.
Carl Lentz talked about this generation. The generation of rebels, of liberals, of people who are their own captains. And exactly what the world sees as a step to a “better” humanity/control of your life, is a step away from Jesus as your shepherd.
Acknowledging that you can’t do it, it the first step to letting God do it for you.
“We no longer need to chase the right situation, we simply need to follow the shepherd.“
Matthew 6:33 NKJV
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
When you start looking to Jesus, that’s when everything else falls into place. I used to ask myself, “Jesus is invisible, how do I look to something I can’t see?”
John 1:1 NKJV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is the Word. So it’s time to open our bibles, yes?
Maybe your bible has pages stuck together from lack of use, maybe you can’t bring yourself to open the bible because reading is sooooooo boring but that’s okay. You can start small, start with a spark to want to know Jesus. Listen to sermons, read bite-sized devotions, or if you’re like me, read the bible imagining it like a drama.
The bible can be exciting too you know. Have you heard of how Jacob ended up being cheated by his father-in-law and married the wrong sister? How about how Joseph, who was stole as a slave by his brothers, ended up becoming the most powerful man in Egypt?
The bible is alive, and the secrets of Jesus is right there waiting to be discovered and waiting to refresh the next person who finds the revelation of its greatness.
“Your security is in YOUR SAVIOUR, not your situation.”
Knowing your identity in Jesus, and knowing that you state (turbulent? dark?) will never affect your standing. (YOU are the beloved of God, and He loves you) Know that your soul can stay silent in the chaos of your life, because you have Jesus, He is your anchor, and He is your lifeline.
That’s another thing about sheep. They don’t strive. There is no strife among sheep because honestly, what can a sheep do, aggressively smother you in its soft wool? Sheep are stupidly carefree, because they know their shepherd. What’s there to worry about when you have someone who will keep you safe, give you food and ensure your health?
Sheep may be stupid, but they’re definitely smart enough to rely on their shepherd.
Smart enough not to worry too.
About their future, their lives, what they’re going to eat later. In says in Matthew 6:31 NKJV
31“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Plan for your future, dream about it, but in no way worry. Simply put, God’s got your back. Relaxing into God’s plan comes easy when you know your God. It’s like… going on a cruise. You know the ship is big enough and strong enough to keep you from the waves, you know by some method of physics that the hundred ton metal thing can stay afloat. That’s why you get on the ship and enjoy the ride.
Enjoy the ride of life, because you’re on the ship that will never sink.
Jesus is your comforter as much as He is your corrector.
A shepherd has a staff and a rod, sometimes it’s one in the same. As much as the staff pulls in the sheep and comfort them, the rod hits the sheep too.
But no, not out of anger, out of love. Shepherds do this thing where they break the legs of the sheep when the sheep wander off from the safety of where the shepherd is. No, don’t go buying insurance now, God won’t break your legs. it just means that sometimes, God lets you go through tough times because He knows you’ll get out of it much better. Stronger even.
So don’t be adverse or defensive when receiving correction, because REAL LOVE CONFRONTS. And who knows? Maybe one day, your limp in life will end up becoming a LIGHT to someone.