Before we get started, I want to talk about why this message is so important to me. There has been many times that I have been guilty by not devoting myself fully to God. I was either too busy to do my bible study or I just plain did not want to do it that day. After a couple of days I read these bible verses and I made my newest sermon with them. It gave me the strength to push through my many days of lazyness and I pray it may help you all. I hope you enjoy it!
A call to action! But what does that really mean? During this sermon I will discuss what righteousness and a call to action is biblically in the eyes of God. I will provide three scriptures; first is Matthew 6:33, Titus 2:11-12, and Psalm 1:1. But before I continue on my sermon, I want to provide background information on Matthew and Titus because of its relevance to this message. I believe that a proper sermon should give you the information on why the author was writing the scripture to begin with. Does anyone know why the author of Matthew wrote it to begin with? Around 60AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, the jewish christians were being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus as Messiah. Matthew was preaching to them that in Jesus, God fulfilled the promises he made to the nation of Israel. There would be sacrifices made in following Christ. It is true then as it is now.
In Titus, Paul wrote this letter to his friend and co-worker Titus. See, Titus was a gentile and was having some push back in the church in Crete. Crete was a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete was known for being very immoral and Paul knew this. Paul carefully outline the traits of a qualified elder, in which we could use in our daily life. Paul also explained how a church should run. Now that you understand the historical significance of Matthew and Titus, I will continue on the rest of my sermon.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew was telling the persecuted jewish christians there is “a call of action.” You must seek the kingdom of God. He does not say, sit and wait, or to even continue about in your daily lives and wait for grace. But to seek the kingdom of God. Seek his righteousness. I want to highlight two important words in this verse.
Seek: In Greek “zeteo” meaning to seek out by thinking, meditating, or to inquire into. Matthew was telling them to seek the kingdom of God, by meditating on his word. What a beautiful thing this is indeed. To meditate on his word to let the Holy Spirit speak to you.
Righteousness: In Greek “dikaiosune” meaning a state of concerning the way in which a man may gain a state of approval by God. It is about integrity, virtue, purity of life, and correctness of feelings and actions. Matthew was not saying to stay in your rut, but seek God and change the way you think and act. It doesn’t matter how much you sacrifice in the world, but what those persecutions and sacrifices do to help you enter the kingdom. This was a call to action!
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present world.”
Paul was telling the church they had to actually fight against ungodliness and sinning. He was not telling them to wait, but to hold on to the hope of God’s salvation. To basically “keep their mind on the prize.” This does not a simple warning, but Paul was saying to hold onto your salvation through the grace of God. I want to highlight an important word in the verse.
Teaching: In Greek “pahee-dyoo-o” which means to train children, to be instructed or thought. Paul was not talking to everyone like idiots, but as children of God. He was telling them that they must deny ungodliness and worldly desires as if he was talking to children. He was not insulting them, but putting the word of God in a manner where that anyone could understand the significance of what he was trying to say and it’s calling to the christians in Crete. As christians, many times we fall into worldly desires or routines. I have been guilty of this in the past, where you say to yourself “I’m saved and am living a good enough life.” But are you truly striving to be christlike. Do you want God working good enough in your life or so you want all his blessing, all his glory?
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
Listen closely to the verbs in this scripture. To not walk, stand, nor sit as the ungodly. We are told how blessed is the man that does not surround himself in the ungodly, stand in the way of sinners like a sinner, nor to be scornful. You have to actively try not to put yourself in situations that you will have the possibility to sin, but to try hard to actively be righteous, and this doesn’t come easy.You have to give up some worldly things to walk righteously and seek the kingdom of God. You will have to change your mindset from negative to positive. You need to pray for those you have wronged or who have wronged you. But is it not worth it? You are working your way to be more Christ like!
To summarize Matthew 6:33, Titus 2:11-12, and Psalm 1:1, you have to follow the call to action and righteousness that God demands of us all. This truth is the same in 60AD for the persecuted christians and during the time of Crete as it is now and today. We must actively seek the kingdom of God, by putting away our worldly desires of our ungodliness. No one said this was easy because we are all born sinners by birth and we all fall short of his glory. It is about what you do after you are saved, both your thought and actions. Are you actively seeking the kingdom of God? Are you stuck in your rut? I aplore you to go home and meditate on the message God gave you today and ask for forgiveness. It is not until you know who much of a sinner you are to understand how much you need Jesus Christ in your life. Not some, or a little, but all of him. Invite the Holy Spirit into your life and praise God for his glory. Jesus gave all of him to all of us, shouldn’t we do the same for him? Keep this in mind, and before you do anything, think would it be righteous in the eyes of the Lord, or would it anger him?