Do you ever watch the HGTV shows where they revitalize homes that have seen better days? I must admit, I really enjoy them, especially Chip and Joanna! The Property Brothers have a good show too. In just about every episode they get to the part where they literally tear down walls to open a room. That must be a lot of fun. The walls close the home and keep it from having a wide-open area that is warm and inviting.
Tearing down some walls is what this blog is about. There are walls that keep the gospel firmly hidden inside the Church building, when we need to take down the wall and reach those outside of the Church with the gospel. In this blog, I will address three walls that need removal! They are; the love of the world, the sickness that is called sin, and truly not having the desire to see the gospel reach the masses. Let’s look at each one of them.
The love of the world.
1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
The mention of the “world” is not the people. It is referring to a system that is present in the world that we live that can take preeminence in one’s life, as opposed to trusting God for sustenance and allowing Him to oversee our life! This requires a trusting relationship with God and is through faith and not in systems. Many welcome the idea of having the opportunity for eternal life in heaven with Jesus as the King but don’t really want that in their present life. It is important to know that when we trust in Christ to be our Lord and Savior, we serve Him in faith, allowing His Word to be our guide. What we find is He is faithful to those that love Him! Our love is placed with Him and His ways therefore. We discover that it is very good. This is a wall, in which when it is torn down, opens a completely new world of possibilities. (See John 10:10)
The Sickness that is called sin.
Surprisingly enough, sin is a sickness that is deadly! It is like a drug that reels us in and can bring temporary pleasure, but in the end, enslaves us and becomes a barrier to the freedom that we find, living in the parameters of health, that God provides. His Word reveals blind spots that we would otherwise have. We can pray to Him constantly and have His peace with us always! His Spirit lives within every person that has placed their trust in Him, to help us moment by moment. Sin is a wall that blocks the free flow of God and His direction. With a person that has not allowed Jesus in their life, it is a wall that stands between that person and eternal freedom, and subjected to the sickness of sin completely. Look at the words of Christ in the verse below!
Matthew 9:12-13 (ESV)
12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus is the only cure for the sickness of sin. Therefore, He paid the price for our sins on the cross. He is THE REMEDY. This is a wall that can be removed by admitting He is your Lord and that He overcame death to give you life. Asking forgiveness for the sin against Him and trusting in who He is and allowing Him to be in your life breaks down the wall. It is sad to say, but we who have already trusted Christ seem to want to build a wall with sin in our life instead of living in His freedom without barriers.
The last wall in this discussion is not having the desire to see the gospel advanced. If we have tasted of salvation and how truly good that life in Christ is, why would we not want others to experience freedom that is found in Jesus? When Jesus called his disciples, they dropped everything else to follow Him! They knew and were willing to acknowledge Jesus as the King of the Universe. They knew He had the answers for all of eternity. Others chose otherwise. The difference is in who would acknowledge who Jesus is and those who chose to place themselves in His place. Look at John 12:42-43 below.
John 12:42-43 (ESV)
42 Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue;
43 for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Does the praise of men, including self, have preeminence over God in your life? This is another wall that must be removed by allowing Jesus to have His rightful place in your life, as the Creator of the World.
The necessary removal of walls in every life starts with a relationship with Christ. Once that begins, we need to make sure that we don’t build walls that separate ourselves from His empowerment in our life. Have you trusted in Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord? If not, allow the removal of the wall that separates you from Him before it is too late! Admit He is your leader and that you know that He overcame death to give you eternal life. Ask Him to forgive you for thinking that He had no say in your life creating the sickness of sin. He wants to remove the wall between you and Him. Christian, why would you want a wall, that was removed between you and Him?
John 3:16-17 (ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.