Last week at Anthem Thousand Oaks, we had the opportunity to hear from Daniel Jansson on 1 John 2:15-17. It was a fantastic message, you can watch it here. I started thinking while he was teaching, why do we care whether people live fully for Jesus or not? Is there any reason that we aren’t simply going for bare minimum Christianity? Why does it have to be such a profound call to total life surrender to Christ? When I heard Daniel teaching, I thought of the many sermons that I’ve given at Anthem Church (a couple hundred at this point) and I was wondering, why do I do this? Why does more Jesus matter to me?
Here’s why it matters to me: It’s what God wants for you.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)
God’s desire for you is to experience more of his power and presence now. He wants you to never stop growing in your knowledge and personal experience of his love.
So, I guess the answer to my questions… If God wants it, we want it for you.
We are going to preach Jesus, and not an easy, quick fix trip to heaven Jesus.
We are going to preach total life surrender to the one true God who made you, knows you and loves you.
We are going to preach with the hope and expectation that the Gospel of Jesus consumes every corner of your life and in that you find deep joy, profound peace and overwhelming hope.