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Don Anderson, Minister

Alvin Church of Christ



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What Is It You Want?
July 14, 2013

What Is It You Want?

“Those that love their life in this world will lose it.  Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.” – John 12:25

Instant gratification and pleasure...it defines our life!

We want what we want and we want it now.


We have become lovers of pleasure...we search for it, desire it, covet it, and do whatever it takes to get it.

We believe we deserve it; we rationalize that we work hard for it and should not be denied the comforts of today.


Unfortunately, there are all to often consequences to our pleasure seeking.

The morning after we enjoy our gratification, we too often realize that such behavior wasn’t worth the cost and find ourselves with...Broken and/or destroyed relationships. Compromised integrity. Financial hardships. Innocence lost. Reputations damaged. Regret and remorse....just to name a few.


The Apostle Paul offered some words of advice to a young preacher regarding such a lifestyle.


“In the last days...people will love only themselves and their money.  They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred.  They will be unloving and unforgiving...They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.

2 Timothy 3:1-4


May I ask you a serious question?

How bad do you really want a relationship with Jesus Christ?

Are you willing to truly invest in that relationship?


Today, many people claim to be members of the church.  They proudly proclaim that they attend a church regularly and have even been baptized into Christ.  If you ask them who Jesus is, they will say things like,

“He is the Christ.”  “He is the Son of God.”  or  “He is my Lord and Savior.”


Having a relationship with Christ is more than regular or perfect attendance at church or even being dunked in water.  What most of us are unwilling to admit is that deep in our hearts, while we say we love Christ and claim that he is Lord of our life, in reality, we pursue earthly desires and pleasures more than a Godly life.

We stop short of placing Him on the throne of our heart and truly giving our life to Him.


Paul said, “living for pleasure is to be dead inside” – 1 Timothy 5:6

Peter proclaimed, “keep away from worldly desires” – 1 Peter 2:11


For Christ to be the Lord of our life, we must put him first in all that we do, say and think.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” – Matthew 6:33


Putting Christ first means placing a higher value on our relationship with Him than any other relationship and we are willing to forgo our comfort and pleasure in order to obtain such a relationship.


When retirement comes, we will look back and wish that we had changed many things about the way we lived throughout the years.  We will wish we had not been so foolish with our money.

We will regret some decisions that we made along the way.

We will wish we had prepared better for the days we spend in retirement.


The same is true about our relationship with Christ.

As we glide through life, we are making decisions with little thought to our eternal home.

We are focused on the here and now.

We are investing as little as we feel we possibly can get by with in our relationship with Christ.

Someday, we will wish we had made wiser decisions.


What does it mean to Love Jesus?

It means above all else, He comes first in every situation...even before our personal gratification and pleasure!

It means He is the only Lord of our Life!


So what is it that you really want out of life?


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