Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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You know, some people who financially support Christian ministry also like to play golf. I don't happen to be one of them. If you'd seen the one time I did play golf, when I hit my partner in the head with a club, you would understand why I've been banned from golf courses.
But there are those who get together to play golf in a benefit tournament on behalf of the cause they support. In one major city they asked the local NFL quarterback, probably the best known guy in town, to be the chairman. Well, actually, they asked him to be the honorary chairman. They put his name on the invitation, on the letterhead, and that was pretty impressive. It made the event feel more important. But don't kid yourself. That quarterback had absolutely no say in how that day was organized. See, he was the honorary chairman. Translation: Big title - no authority.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "The Myth of the Honorary Chairman."
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Luke 6, and I'll begin reading in verse 46. Jesus is describing here a relationship that seems to be alright with Him, but it has a major problem. He says, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He's like a man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. And when a flood came, a torrent struck that house but could not shake it because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice, is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house it collapsed, and its destruction was complete."
Now, Jesus is describing in this passage a man headed for a collapse; someone who calls Jesus "Lord, Lord," but doesn't do what He says. In other words, Jesus has become that man's honorary chairman. See, that happens to us. Oh we still have Jesus' name on the letterhead; He's still got top billing, He's got the title. He's still got our official allegiance, but He doesn't have any real authority over the choices that really matter to us, that make up our days.
It's easy for that to happen after you've followed Christ for a while. Oh, there was a time when you gave Him everything about you. You knew how much you needed Him. But see, there's a lot more of you now. I mean, you've got business decisions; you've got a much larger life, relationships that weren't there before, a reputation maybe you didn't have before, needs that weren't there when you gave Him all of you. Your family is different; your financial position is different.
It could be that His lordship may not have grown with your life; maybe it hasn't expanded daily as each day's new experiences have emerged. It could be that you're depending on a commitment that was deep and meaningful at one time and it was difficult to make then, because you were giving all. But now what was once passion has sort of become professional; what was alive has become official. What was warm has become cold. It could be that it's time to return to that altar where you totally surrendered. Oh, but it will be harder this time because you have more to give.
But Jesus paid with His life, not to have the title of Lord, but the have the authority. Authority that is daily expanded through giving Him new ground from that 24-hour period of your life. You make Him Lord of the stuff of that day and you do it again tomorrow.
Why don't you light the fire again—the fire that is kindled not when Jesus is honorary chairman, but when He is the hands-on Lord of every choice you make.