Sir Hugh Beaver missed a shot at a game bird in 1954. An argument followed among the hunters about the fastest game bird in England. Realizing that these kinds of arguments went on in pubs all over England every night, Beaver got an idea to have a book compiled about trivia and The Guinness Book of Records came into existence with the first bound edition published in London on 27 August 1955. Over the years the book has grown thicker, packed with facts, becoming the recognized authority of trivia, selling over 100 million copies! Now you can know the youngest person to achieve some goal, the identity of the most tattooed man, and a million other factoids.
Trivia, by definition, is information without serious consequence! Let me ask you a serious question this morning. Do you treat the Truth of Jesus Christ and your salvation as life-changing information or is the story of the Cross and Resurrection tucked into a corner of your mind as something nice to know for some time down the road of life?
Peter says that our faith and salvation is the most consequential truth we know. Having come to faith we are told to “roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16, The Message)
When we come to know Jesus, we are reconciled to our Father, and called into His service. The life we lived before Christ, one that was being spent on money, pleasure, and perhaps creation of a legacy; is replaced with an eternal life that has but one overarching purpose. What is it? We are invited to be engaged with knowing God and making Him known. Our day to day decisions are made in the light of eternity, knowing that whatever we do for Jesus is never forgotten, that we can be a part of changing the eternal destiny of that person we introduce to faith, that we can defeat evil and bring Light and Life when He is allowed to work through us.
If that sounds grandiose, realize with me, it isn’t; not at all. God’s call to ‘be holy’ does not mean you must enter vocational ministry or become a missionary (though you might!). He desires to make you the best spouse, parent, employee, neighbor … a person of integrity; right where you are today. That is the consequence of receiving the Gospel by faith.
Are you asking, “So, what?” Has life become something like a treadmill of meaningless existence? Re-think your faith. Begin to connect Jesus to life now. Make a difference, for God’s sake.
Here is a word from the Word. Take it with you today. “And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17, NLT) “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24, NLT)
There is a world waiting, not for trivial truth, but for the Truth that changes everything.
All I once held dear built my life upon
All this world reveres and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now compared to this
Knowing You Jesus knowing You
There is no greater thing
You’re my all You’re the best
You’re my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord love You Lord
Now my heart’s desire is to know You more
To be found in You and known as Yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness
Oh to know the pow’r of Your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like You in Your death my Lord
So with You to live and never die
Graham Kendrick © 1993 Make Way Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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