When the Message Messes With You

I had a little time a few weeks ago where I was pondering just what has been the biggest influence in my life. About the same time I was engaged in conversations with other Christians, and pastors about the state of the church, and our own efforts to live this life of faith out. One person told me we can get too Christocentric, that we become unbalanced. I found that a fascinating comment. It scared me at first, but when he explained it, it made better sense. Seems, according to him, we can be so Jesus focused we forget there is a Father, and a Holy Spirit, and they too should be included in our worship and consideration.

Then another person mentioned that it is the season of the Holy Spirit, since we are post-Pentecost and should be emphasizing the Holy Spirit more than the Father & Jesus.

Still another tells me everything is pointing back to the Father, from which we have been estranged, and to whom Jesus makes a way to, and the Holy Spirit facilitates.

Too be honest with you they all had some good points. But when it comes to my life, the Message, the Gospel, the Good News, is what has empowered me. Without the Message having come alive in my life, I would still be dead in my sins. The Message that changed my life was … Jesus. The Savior of my soul, the Redeemer, the One who took away my sins, and burned into my heart the power of this news. Now I realize all three of the Trinity are involved in this, and you don’t get one without the other.

It was the Message that messed my life up. It changed the direction, purpose, and meaning of life. It still is the Message that compels me…”How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15

The Message is, Jesus has come, and you’re not screwed anymore! Life can be different. Heck, the very future can change for you.

With all the variations and emphases, I hope this Scripture never ceases to provoke an compel me on:

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16

I hope you too get so overwhelmed with this message, your life is changed. It’s a wonderful thing!

About Tim Holt

Founding pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church, Myrtle Beach, SC. Retired January 2021. Pastor to surfers, friends, pastors, etc.
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2 Responses to When the Message Messes With You

  1. evan says:

    amen to that brother

  2. timholt says:

    Thanks, Evan!

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