Asbury United Methodist Church
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November 7, 2017

This morning I ran across a quote from Helen Keller that got me to thinking. Keller wrote, “The only thing worse that being blind is having no sight or vision!”

          Her words certainly ring true but I thought: what if that sight or vision is only focused upon self? Maybe there is something worse than being blind! Maybe it’s having only sight or vision that is self-centered or self-motivated.

          I am reminded of Jesus’ disciples in that they went all in, hook, line and sinker for the Master.  They checked self at the door; and, because of this they began to work miracles just like he did!

          Instead of having mere vision for self, the disciples adopted the cause of Christ; and, from a certain point of view, we can say they grew to become an actual reflection of him!

Jesus gave them the some very weighty words! He said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12 NIV).”

Even greater things? And, we know for a fact that Peter brought Tabitha back to life just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Acts 9:40). 

Just what can Christ do with us if we decide to pick up his cause?

I think having vision is terrific! But, we probably need to put a wee bit of a finer point on that word vision.

I suspect Adolph Hitler had a vision! What we really need is a vision for the cause of Christ.

In his very first sermon, Jesus told the congregation at the 1st Church of Nazareth, “I have come to bring good news to the poor, set the prisoners free and help the blind to see (Luke 4:18).”

That’s a powerful cause! When we fully invest in the power of Christ, mountains will move in his name.

Contrast this with having a vision for self! We can do a whole lot of damage in a New York minute!  

Living for the cause of Christ generates power!  It’s pretty do damage in living for the cause of Christ!

The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile (Romans 1:16 NIV).”

Paul had vision that was solely focused upon Christ! He changed the world!

Finally, when we see others with vision that is self-centered, it is very easy to get bored with them and often we begin to ignore them as well. I have found the cause of Christ to be impossible for me to ignore.

Christ’s cause is irresistible! It may be exhausting at times trying to live into it but it is never boring!

Finally, I am reminded of all those town’s folks who followed Jesus outside of town to hear his Great Sermon (Matthew 5-7)! He walked up a mountain a bit, sat down and began speaking!

These people were starved to hear what he had to say! Many remarked that day that this must be the Messiah! Our Lord offered them news that was beyond good!

Where else can we turn for the promise of eternal life? What a cause to invest one’s life in!

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